Township: Caolas,Milton

Map Reference: Milton 52

Name Type: sea

Meaning: This name appears to have been gaelicised as ScG Breith Sgeirean nan Ròin 'the birthing skerries of the seals'. However, breith is uncommon in Scottish place-names, occurring only in Ardnamurchan as ScG Torr na Breith 'the hillock of the birthing' (SP). This is much more likely to be a Norse name with the common ON breið 'broad', or the less common male ON personal name Breiðr, with ON sker 'skerry' (see Oftedal 2009, 24): Breiðsker.
Names in Brei- are plentiful in the Northern Isles, such as eighteen examples of Brei Geo and a Brei Holm in Shetland (SP); Breiðavík and Breiðanes are quite common farm names in Iceland (SAM).

Other Forms: Breath-sgeirean - ONB p153, "Layer rocks."

Breith sgeireach - OS

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Languages : Gaelic

Informants: Angus MacLean, Scarinish, 2 and 10/1996

Informant 2: OS