Township: Baugh

Map Reference: Baugh 15

Name Type: shore

Meaning: The conflicting source forms make this name difficult to reconstruct safely. The modern oral source presents an apparently Gaelic form with ScG riasg, a noun meaning 'moor, fen' (Cox 2002, 352) with the adjectival suffix -ach: 'the moorish place' (Cox 2002, 60); this does not suit the topography, however. It could be a Norse name, with ON hrís 'shrubs, brushwood, in place-names in Iceland Hrísar, Hrís-hóll' (CV, 286). The generic may be the weakly stressed generic ON kollr 'rounded hill', referring to Cnoc Eibrig.
There is a Risdale in Argyll (SP); there is a Risholen in Sandnes, Norway (NG); Ris- is a common specific among Norwegian farm names, as in Risbakken (OR).

Other Forms: Port Riasgaich - HMcK

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Languages : Gaelic

Informants: Hugh MacKinnon (The Dooley), Baugh, 1/1996