Township: An Àird a Deas,Caolas

Map Reference: Ardeas 52

Name Type: sea

Meaning: The specific is ON hraun ‘rough’, which Macniven used to reconstruct Cnoc Rhaonastil (Macniven 2006, 474). ‘Hraun ‘a rough place, wilderness...in Norse local names Raunen, bare rocks in the sea, as opposed to hólmr, a grassy islet’’ (CV, 282). One informant Angus MacLean pointed out that the folk etymology deriving the name from ScG ròn ‘seal’ is wrong, as the rock is too submerged to be a suitable haul-out. The generic is ON boði ‘reef’. However, polysyllabic names are often difficult to reconstruct (see 17.6).

Other Forms: Roan Bogha - Admiralty Chart of Scotland West Coast, surveyed 1846-65, shelf no. 2635, NLS

Related Places:

Information:The Hurlford was lost on this rock on 29th April 1917 under Admiralty orders, so few details are available. The McCallum steamer Saint Clair was wrecked her on 22nd October 1880 en route from Tiree to Barra. The crew escaped without hurt. Summarised from Argyll Shipwrecks, by Peter Moir and Ian Crawford, published 1994, p172.
Applies to a buoy at the south end of Gunna Sound - DK.

The buoy at the south end of Sruth a’ Chaolais marks a reef called Raonabo'. This is nothing to do with seals as it is always under water - AMcL.

Local Form:

Languages : Norse, Obscure

Informants: Donald Kennedy, Port Ban, 11/1995

Informant 2: Angus MacLean, Scarinish, 5/2009