Township: Barrapol,Middleton

Map Reference: Middleton 14

Name Type: well

Meaning: Possibly this is an unqualified simplex name in OI kjölr ‘keel, keel-shaped range of mountains’ (Zoega). ‘Kjölr denotes longish elevations in a number of Norwegian names’ (Sandnes 2010a, 211). This is phonologically plausible, but the landscape here is more of a gentle ridge in cultivated land than a range of mountains, and it could be a transfer name. On the other hand it may reference the Kenavara headland (see Ceòl).
There is a Loch Cealla-dail (Keoldale) near Durness (SP), and a Ciulabhair in Carloway (Cox 2002b, 361); there is a Kjølle in Follday while Kjølle- is a very common specific in Norway (NG); Kjul is a farm name in OR; and Kjölur is a farm name in Iceland (SAM).

Other Forms: Tobar Chiolaire - SA 1979/78/A1

Related Places:

Back of Hugh MacLean's house - WMcL.

This well is in An Club Mòr. It had a stone top and was built up with stones, but can no longer be seen except in dry weather. The water from this well had healing properties - HMcL.

Local Form:

Languages : Gaelic

Informants: Willie MacLean, Barrapol, 2/1996

Informant 2: SA 1979/78/A1

Informant 3: Hugh MacLean, Barrapol, 3/94 and 12/1996