Township: Barrapol,Ceann a’ Bharra

Map Reference: Kenavara 48

Name Type: cliff

Meaning: Kenavara, Barrapol | This is a sweeping gully leading up from the shore, part of a promontory on the Kenavara cliff complex. There is no possible mill site in the area.

Boyd has collected it in a form that could suggest ScG nam muileann 'of the mills'; Brownlie records a form that he derives from ScG maoilean 'bare hill' (Brownlie 1995, 153). If this is a Gaelic name, it is more likely, however, to be from ScG mulan masc. 'little conical hillock' (Dwelly), despite the gender anomaly. There are five examples of mulan on SP, as in Mulan Buidhe near Lochgoilhead (SP). It could also be the ScG loan word mùla (plural mùlan) < ON múli 'promontory'.
It is more plausible, however, that this is a Norse name, derived from ON múli masc. 'a promontory', with a post-positioned bound definite article > ON múlinn 'the promontory'.
Mulen occurs thirteen times in Norway (NG); while Múlin occurs ten times among settlement names in the Faroe Islands (KO).

Other Forms: Ceum na Mùlainn - HMcL collected by JH

Ceum nam Muileann - Hugh MacLean, Barrapol, collected by Ailean Boyd.

Ceum a' Mhaoilein - Bailtean is Ath-Ghairmean, Niall M Brownlie, Argyll Publishing, 1995, p153, which he derives as Path of the Bare-topped Hill.

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Languages : Gaelic

Informants: Hugh MacLean, Barrapol, 2/1997

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

Informant 3: Niall M Brownlie, Bailtean is Ath Ghairmean, Argyll Publishing, 1995, p153