Today’s word is not at first sight distinctively Scots. Indeed, it has a recorded history in English since around the year 1000, when the Anglo-saxon monastic writer Aelfric referred to “bremelas”, i.e. rough, prickly shrubs. But although the word is shared between Scots and standard English the meanings are subtly different.
According to the Dictionary of the Scots Language (www.dsl.ac.uk), a bramble, also spelt variously brummel, brimmle and brimbel, is commonly used to refer to the fruit that in England is now generally