Township: Barrapol,Ceann a’ Bharra

Map Reference: Kenavara 33

Name Type: cliff

Meaning: The two source forms do not agree, encouraging us not to be too dogmatic. It is certainly, however, a Norse name in nes. One plausible reconstruction using common elements is:
• ON hjalli 'a shelf or a ledge in a mountain's side ... very frequently in local names (CV, 265). Hjallen is a common name in Norway (NG); Hjall- is a common specific in the Faroe Islands, for example Hjallbrúgvin (KO); and Hjalla- is a common specific in Iceland, for example Hjallanes (SAM)
• + ON traða 'a piece of fallow land where cattle are kept grazing ... in Iceland a pen for cattle during the night (CV, 643), for example Traðaholt (SAM)
• + The generic ON nes ‘promontory’: Hjallatraðanes
This fits the topography of the extensive area below Dùn nan Gall perfectly.

Other Forms: Hiadainis - Bailtean is Ath-Ghairmean, Niall M Brownlie, Argyll Publishing, 1995, p155, given as the same feature as Carraig MhicCarmaig.

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Languages : Gaelic

Informants: Hugh MacLean, Barrapol, collected by Ailean Boyd