Township: Barrapol,Ceann a’ Bharra

Map Reference: Kenavara 108

Name Type: shore

Meaning: The fact that there is just one oral source forces us to be cautious. Having said that, this appears to be a Norse name in ON vík 'bay'. There are at least four possibilities for the specific:
• OI skúti (genitive skúta) 'a cave formed by jutting rocks' (CV, 562), c.f. gjár-skúti 'geow-nook' (CV, 202). See Skuda and Skutaberri in Shetland (Marwick 1995 (1947), 70)
• ON skúta 'little boat' (Stahl 1999, 237), 'small craft or cutter, a number of such used to accompany a fleet for use in rivers or on the coasts; they were distinguished from the byrðingar or ships of burden, which carried the supplies' (CV, 561). 'Skúta describes a light coastal vessel, with speed being the hallmark' (Rixson 1998, 115). This implies an inlet only suitable for smaller craft
• OI skutr (genitive skutar) 'the stern of a boat' (CV, 561), possibly describing the shape of an inlet
• The male ON personal name Skúti (CV, 562)
There are two examples of An Sgùdag on Barra (Stahl 1999, 125); 'there are three lochs [named Sguataig] in Gairloch, all of which have tail-like ends or promontories, which suggests ON skúti' (Watson 1996 (1904), 229); Skuteviken is a place-name in Norway (Stahl 1999, 237); Skutvik and Skutevika are common (NG); names in Skot- are quite common in the Faroe Islands (KO; Marwick 1995 (1947), 70); and Skútustaðir occurs three times as a farm name in Iceland (SAM).

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Languages : Obscure

Informants: Donald MacNeill (Dòmhnall an Tàilleir), The Land, 1/1994