Township: An Àird a Tuath,Caolas

Map Reference: Aird a Tuath 21

Name Type: sea

Meaning: • ScG caigeann ‘winding pass through rocks and brushwood, a rough mountain pass’ (MacBain). ‘In the Dulnan Valley (Alvie) is Caggan, the Gaelic of which is An Caiginn, and there is a ‘stony hill face’ in Glen Feshie of the same name’ (MacBain 1922, 280). Caigeann occurs three times in Argyll, on Jura, Mull and in Morvern, as in Rudha a’ Chaiginn (SP). All of these features are amongst, or close to, high hills. This topography is quite different from the flat shoreline of Caolas. There is a Loch Cuithe Chaiginn on South Uist, which may be a inverted post- positional name in kví (see Co’ Dhèis)
• ScG cagainn, a’ cagnadh ‘to chew’, or the noun cagnadh ‘chewing’. There are, however, no other place-names in Scotland to support this reconstruction (SP), and ‘the skerry of chewing’ should be Sgeir a’ Chagnaidh
This could also be a Norse coinage from ON kaggi ‘keg, cask’ (CV, 329) with the definite article kaginn. Kaggen occurs five times in Norway (NG); and in 1957 Norwegian mapmakers named a hill in Antarctica Kaggen Hill.

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Two parallel rocks in Port Chloinn Neill - WMcI.

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Languages : Gaelic, Obscure

Informants: Willie MacIntosh, Caolas, 2/1994