||This article needs additional citations for verification. (March 2008)|
Brandon Hill from the northwest
|Elevation||515 m (1,690 ft)|
|Topo map||OSi Discovery 68|
Brandon Hill (Irish: Cnoc Bhréanail) is the highest mountain in County Kilkenny, Ireland. It has an elevation of 515 m (1,690 ft). It is situated 4 kilometers South-South West of Graiguenamanagh, 7 kilometers east of Inistioge and 11 kilometers east of Thomastown, in the south of County Kilkenny. Brandon Hill is in the barony of Gowran and in the province of Leinster. The village of Graiguenamanagh is at the base of the hill.
It is the termination of the chain of granitic mountains that raise from the shores of Dublin bay. The base of Brandon Hill on the side of the River Barrow and the hill running to Graigue is composed of schist rock. This blackish siliceous schistus, sometimes containing grains of quartz and when it is broken it has a shivery texture and is hard enough to scratch glass. There are a few beds of marble and limestone gravel near the foot of the mountain.
See also 
Evidence regarding the early settlement of the Brandon Hill upplands came to light as a result of a ground and aerial survey directed by Michael Gibbons, archaeologist with the Board of Works,in 1989. The survey incicated that the slopes of Brandon were settled in excess of four thousand years ago and that the cairns, house sites, field systems and a large ritual enclosure identified on its slopes are part of the preistoric remains there. Two Norman moated sites, with long rectangular buildings attached - probably granges or farms attached to Duiske Abbey and thought to be about 600 years old - were also identified on the lower slopes in the Ballyogan townland area during the survey
- (Gazetteer 1822, p. 591)
- (Seward 1795, p. 105)
- (Wright 1834, p. 129)
- (Wakefield 1812, p. 122)
- (Lewis 1837, p. 105)
- (encyclopaedia 1830, p. 453)
Further reading 
- Gazetteer (1822), The Edinburgh Gazetteer, or Geographical Dictionary: Containing the Various Countries, Kingdoms, States, Cities, Towns, Mountains, &c. Of the World., Volume I., Edinburgh: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and brown, and Hurst, Robinson, and Co. London.
- Wakefield, Edward (2009) , An account of Ireland, statistical and political, London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, ISBN 978-1-116-11699-1
- Lewis, Samuel (2011) , A topographical dictionary of Ireland : comprising the several counties; cities; boroughs; corporate, market and post towns; parishes; and villages, with historical and statistical descriptions embellished with engravings of the arms of the cities, bishopricks, corporate towns, and boroughs ; and of the seals of the several municipal corporations, London: Nabu Press, ISBN 978-1-247-35489-7.
- encyclopaedia, Edinburgh (1830), The Edinburgh encyclopaedia, conducted by D. Brewster, Volume VII., Edinburgh.
- Wright, George Newenham (1834), A new and comprehensive gazetteer, Volume II., Edinburgh.
- Seward, William Wenman (1795), Topographia Hibernica: Or the Topography of Ireland, Dublin, ISBN 1-4373-5407-6