Township: Barrapol,Ceann a’ Bharra

Map Reference: Kenavara 6

Name Type: cliff

Meaning: sloc 'gully' + sgrìob 'mark or furrow' + this may have been an original Norse place-name *Kamb, which has become a Gaelic loan word. ‘ON kambr means properly ‘comb’ or ‘crest’, and is applied to a hill or ridge of hills rising like a crest’ (Jakobsen 1897, 77). Campa is a place-name in Islay (Macniven 2006, 320); there is an Allt Camber in Harris (SP); Kamben is a common place-name in Norway (NG); and Kambur occurs six times as a farm name in Iceland (SAM).
But this could also be an ON > ScG loan (see Cox 2002b, 109 and 361). ON kambr became a common loan word in the Shetland and Orkney dialects, as in Kame of Hoy, or one of the spectacular cliffs on Foula called Da Kame (SP). Later Gaelic speakers may have re-semanticised the name as ScG cambar ‘place of burial’ (Dwelly).

Other Forms:

Related Places: Lag Sgrìob a’ Chambair.


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Languages : Gaelic

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