Township: Barrapol,Ceann a’ Bharra

Map Reference: Kenavara 48

Name Type: cliff

Meaning: This is likely to be a Gaelic name, 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.
It is possible, 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 is a common place-name in Norway (NG), and is a farm name in OR; Múli is a common farm name in Iceland (SAM)
• ON múli > ScG loan word mùla > plural mùlan. This may have been gaelicised: 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)

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