Township: Barrapol,Ceann a’ Bharra

Map Reference: Kenavara 21

Name Type: cliff

Meaning: This may be a male ON personal name such as Hræiðarr with the genitive morpheme /s/. This name appears three times in the listing of the earliest Icelandic settlers (Landnámabók 1900, 364). A number of other clefts on the cliffs of Kenavara are named today after people involved in climbing accidents, for example Sloc Mhic Fhionnlaigh. The generic is ON gil ‘gully’: Hræiðarrsgil.
There is a Reisgill in Latheron, Caithness (SP); there is a Reisgil in Suldal, Norway (NG); Reisæter is a farm name in Norway (OR); and Hreiðurborg occurs as a farm name in Iceland (SAM).

Other Forms: Sloc Reaisgil - DMcN, HMcL

ONB p.209 gives Sloc na Rèidh-sgeire, meaning "creek of the smooth rock." "Applies to a long narrow creek on the caost situated immediately west of An Dun." [this may not be the same feature - JH]

Sloc Ghreathasgail - Bailtean is Ath-Ghairmean, Niall M Brownlie, Argyll Publishing, 1995, p155, which he gives as The Gully of the Grassy Ravine.

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Languages : Gaelic, Obscure

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

Informant 2: OS

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