Township: Balemartine

Map Reference: Balemartine 82

Name Type: shore

Meaning: The rock of excrement.

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Information:This inter-tidal rock off Gorraig was used in the old days as a toilet at certain states of the tide - JF.
'On the headland where Thor had come ashore, Thorolf used to hold all his courts, and established the district assembly there with the approval of all the people in the neighbourhood. When people attended the assembly it was agreed on one should ease himself on that piece of land, and a special rock called Dirt Skerry was set aside for it, because they didn’t want to defile such a holy place.' Pálsson, H. and P. Edwards (transl.) (1972) The Book of Settlements: Landnámabók. University of Manitoba Press, 45.

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Languages : Gaelic

Informants: John Fletcher, Balemartine, 8/2009