Township: Caolas,Milton

Map Reference: Milton 22

Name Type: agricultural

Meaning: Enclosure of a plant used in linen manufacture - AMcL

The informant volunteered that treasdan was a chemical used in linen manufacture. While flax can be chemically retted with an alkali, it is not clear what chemicals would have been available on medieval Tiree. Treasdan is not found as a Gaelic word in Dwelly or MacBain. ScG treast ‘long form or seat, as in a school’ (Dwelly) is unlikely to be applicable.
This may be a Norse place-name in ON steinn ‘standing stone’. Nearby there is ScG Creag na Fala ‘the rock of blood’, likely to have been a location for bleeding cattle. The specific is opaque, but may be ON tré ‘tree’, þr?str ‘thrush or personal name’ (CV, 748). The song thrush is found on Tiree and breeds on Coll (Bowler and Hunter 2007, 161). This species commonly uses flat rocks to break open snails.
Trostebekk and Trøstenmyra are place-names in Norway (NG); Trastad derives from þr?str (NS). Tresta occurs twice in Shetland (SP).

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"Something tailors look for" - AMcL.

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Languages : Gaelic

Informants: Angus MacLean, Scarinish, 6/1995