Township: An Àird a Deas,Caolas

Map Reference: Ardeas 11

Name Type: sea

Meaning: The specific ON hlíf ‘lee, shelter, cover’ is topographically more likely than ON hlíð ‘slope’. ‘The common name element lee reflects ON hlíð ‘slope’ in most cases, though in coastal features, an alternative etymology ON hlíf, hlífð ‘lee, shelter, cover’ may be more plausible’ (Sandnes 2010a, 78; see also Marwick 1947, 61). The generic is ON bryggja ‘landing place’. This name is likely to have been transferred from a nearby sheltered inlet, now called ScG Am Port Bàn ‘the sandy inlet’.
There is a Leenish on Barra; and Lee is a common name in Orkney and Shetland, as in Lee on Unst and Lee Hamar on Rousay.

Other Forms: Lìbrig Mòr - ONB p148, with Leac Bhreac crossed out

Lìbrig Mhòr - AMcL

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Languages : Norse, Gaelic

Informants: Angus MacLean, Scarinish, 2/1996

Informant 2: OS