Township: Balephetrish

Map Reference: Balephetrish 43

Name Type: sliabh

Meaning: Gott | These two hillocks are in the sliabh on the modern boundary between Gott and Balephetrish townships. The turf-covered footings of a small building ith an unusual triangular yard are nearby.

The specific is unlikely to be ON grœnn or OI grænn ‘green', which has developed into grian on Tiree (see Grianal). It could be ON granni in the sense of 'hamlet' (see Grèine above). The generic is more plausibly here hváll 'dome-shaped hill' (CV, 298) rather than ON v?llr ‘field or meadow’.
There is a Grèineabhal in Carloway and another in Lochs, Lewis, where it has been derived from Grønafjall 'green mountain' (see Cox 2002, 303); there is a Grenetote on North Uist and a Greinabost and Greinesgeir in Uig, Lewis (SP).

Other Forms: Grèinemheall Beag - ONB p82 (the first e has an acute accent).

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Languages : Norse, Gaelic

Informants: Angus MacLean, Scarinish, 2/1997

Informant 2: OS