Township: Barrapol,Ceann a’ Bharra

Map Reference: Kenavara 62

Name Type: cliff

Meaning: ‘There are at least two plausible candidates for the specific:
• ON torf 'turf' (CV, 636). There is a Torrabus on Islay (Macniven 2015, 285); torv- is a common specific among settlement names in the Faroe Islands, as in Torvadalur (KO); while Torf- is a very common specific in Iceland, as in Torfnes (SAM)
• OI horf 'a nautical term, direction, course' (CV, 279), topographically plausible at the end of a striking headland. Horvenes occurs in Froland, Norway (NG)
• A male ON personal name such as Þórðr, Þórir or Þórvald (see Horraldshay, Sandnes 2010a, 123, and Torrabus on Islay, Macniven 2015, 285); there is a Þórsnes in Iceland (SAM)
The weakly stressed generic may be OI áss 'rocky ridge' (CV, 46). This is extremely common as a specific (see Asadh), and occurs sixteen times as a generic among Icelandic farm names, for example Hlíðarás (SAM).

Other Forms: DMcN gives Rinn Thoradhais

ONB p.222 gives Rinn Thorbhais "meaning not known."

Rinn Thòrbhais - Hugh MacLean, Barrapol, collected by Ailean Boyd

Rinn Thoirbheis - Niall M Brownlie, Bailtean is Ath Ghairmean, Argyll Publishing, 1995, p152

Related Places:

Flax used to be grown above this - unknown informant.

Local Form:

Languages : Obscure

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

Informant 2: OS

Informant 3: Hugh MacLean, Barrapol, collected by Ailean Boyd