Township: An Àird a Tuath,Caolas

Map Reference: Aird a Tuath 33

Name Type: agriculture

Meaning: ScG miadar ‘meadow’ (Dwelly) has been proposed as a derivation (Johnston 1991, 78). There are examples of Am Miadar in Gigha, Jura, Islay, Kintyre, and an Am Miodar in Morvern (SP). This points to a Gaelic origin.
It is possible, however, that this could be a Norse name, with the first element as ON miðr ‘middle’. ‘Intervocalically, ON -ð- is replaced by hiatus, for example in ScG fadhail’ (Cox 2007b, 68). The generic may be ON oddr ‘spit, knife- point’ (Cox 2002b, 346), ‘in compounds...Arn-oddr’ (CV, 462). This suits the topography as it is opposite a small headland between Fadamul and the north- eastern tip of Caolas.
In the Northern Isles where ON miðr > mid- there is a Midgeo on yell and a Midberg on Fetlar (SP); and there is a Midodden in Lindesnes, Norway (NG)

Other Forms: The Mìodar - Hector Kennedy on SA1976.228

Related Places:

Information:It was his grandfather, Duncan, who moved from Craignis to Mìodar, along with his two brothers. Duncan heard that the people who lived in Urvaig at the time, brother and sister Lachie and Ishbel MacLean ,were going to build the Cameron's house. Lachie wrote down the timber he needed to order and was walking to post the letter when he walked past the shore which was covered in timber. Duncan Cameron, Scarinish, 4/09. Confirmed by Angus MacLean, Scarinish, and Mary Ann MacLennan, 5/2009.

The Camerons moved from Craignish either in 1910 or 1912. They were fishermen but fishing was becoming less profitable and they had no ground for crofting. They put in for MacFadyen’s farm at Mìodar when it became vacant and they were successful. This farm was put together from 3-4 crofts. One was Croit Ailein a’ Grudaire or Croit Iain mhic Ailein (nearest Urvaig), and another Croit a’ Chàrnain (MacLeans). Angus MacLean, Scarinish, 5/2009.

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Languages : Obscure

Informants: multiple

Informant 2: OS - ONB p6