Township: Caolas,Milton

Map Reference: Milton 56

Name Type: sea

Meaning: This may be a Gaelic coinage, from ScG suacan (genitive suacain, plural suacanan) 'earthen pot, earthen furnace, crucible; awkward mixture, anything wrought together awkwardly, as clay' (Dwelly), from Irish suachgan 'earthen pot' (MacBain), although this is not topographically convincing.
Better is a Norse construction, from OI suga fem. 'sucking' (CV, 603), with the post-positioned bound definite article > sugin. This finds some support from the Norse expansion zone with Sukka occurring four times in Shetland, as in Pobie Sukka (SP), while Sukke occurs seven, and Sukken three, times in Norway (NG). See Suacain and Sùghachan below.

Other Forms: Suakin Rocks - The Turnbull Map of Tiree 1768 and accompanying survey text.

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Information:"Chaidh ur call aig na Suacain" Na Baird Thirisdeach, ed. Rev Hector Cameron, An Comunn Thirisdeach, 1932, p 52.

Neil MacLean, Lachlan MacDonald and Neil MacDonald were drowned on these rocks in 1809 in their boat 'The Cailin' on their way back from Islay - Na Baird Leathanach by Rev A MacLean Sinclair, 1900, p 47.

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Languages : Gaelic

Informants: Angus MacLean, Scarinish, 2/1996

Informant 2: OS