Township: Barrapol,Ceann a’ Bharra

Map Reference: Kenavara 109

Name Type: shore

Meaning: Today Borabrig is known as ScG An t-Eilean Dubh ‘the black island’. It is the site of a second, smaller, Iron Age roundhouse. Between this rock and the cliffs a boulder has fallen down forming a natural bridge, known today as ScG Drochaid an Eilein Dhuibh ‘the bridge of the black island’.
This is likely to be ON borg (with a fricative /g/, genitive singular borgar), ‘fort’, with ON bryggja ‘landing place’. Although exposed to the north-west, the neighbouring inlet could have allowed a large boat to be hauled up under this key strategic point.
The neighbouring gully is now known as ScG Sloc na h-Ursainn ‘the gully of the doorpost, side of a door; pillar of a gate; jamb; ruler of a battle’ (Dwelly).

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Related Places:

A fishing rock, north of Dùn nan Gall - WMcL.

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Languages : Norse

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

Informant 2: Hugh MacLean, Barrapol, collected by Ailean Boyd

Informant 3: Willie MacLean, Balinoe, 4/1998