Township: Barrapol,Ceann a’ Bharra,Middleton

Map Reference: Kenavara 10

Name Type: sea

Meaning: OS 1st edition (1878) gives Eilean t-Shomhairle - OSNB, p 212, with Eilean an Dubh-Mhill crossed out, "sig. not known", informants Alexander MacLean, shepherd, Kenovar; Rev John Gregorson Campbell; and Alex. MacLean, farmer, Scarinish. By 2nd edition 1898 it had been changed to Eilean Shomhairle, which is the form recorded from Niall Brownlie. In view of the first recorded form, this is unlikely to be 'the island of Sorley'. Gaelic Eilean Tomhail 'the terrible island' is not found anywhere else in Scotlands Places. It could be Eilean Dòmhnaill 'the island of Donald' with an older, unlenited form of the masculine name, as in Goirtean Dòmhnaill. Norse Dæli 'a dale' is common in Norway (x6 on NG) and Iceland (x4 on SAM), and is topographically appropriate with the 'valley' in the slopes of Kenavara behind, but the vowel change from /æ/ to /omh/ makes this less likely.

Other Forms: Eilean t-Shomhairle - ONB p212, with Eilean an Dubh-Mhill crossed out, "sig. not known."

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Information:She climbed onto the rock at very low tides with her father to destroy seagull eggs to reduce predation around the croft. Effie MacKinnon, Sandaig 10/2020

Local Form:

Languages : Unknown

Informants: OS

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

Informant 3: Bailtean is Ath-Ghairmean, Niall M Brownlie, Argyll Publishing, 1995, p156