Township: Gott

Map Reference: Gott 31

Name Type: sub-township

Meaning: Gott | An uncatalogued 1680 estate map in the Inveraray archives locates this settlement in Kirkapol. In 1751, it was linked with Gott, as Geatt and Vuill (Roll of Valuation for the Shire of Argyll, NAS E106/3/2/73); while in 1794 it was recorded that, 'Gott and Vuille possessed by the minister' (Cregeen 1964, 39). The informant gave its location as north of ScG An Tobhta Glas 'the green ruin' on the north side of Loch Riadhain, Gott, where there is a group of four turfed footings, probably shielings. There are several archaic field systems on the north shore of Balephetrish between the Ringing Stone and the Vaul boundary (see Goirteana na Tràghad). But if this was a primary Norse settlement (see section 8.1), the 'field' is likely to be above the beach to the west of the Kirkapol churches, where the land is graded as 4.2 on the Land Capability Analysis (fertile for Tiree) and there is an area of archaic rigs.

This is plausibly a simplex Norse name derived from ON v?llr ‘field’, possibly part of a contrasting pair with Bhalla, which may derive from ON vellir 'fields'.
Vell is a farm name in Westray (E326/10/4/238); Vøle and Vøllen are quite common names in Norway (NG); while Völlur occurs twice as a farm name in Iceland (SAM).

Other Forms: The Wyle, Reeves, 238
Thewill, 1509 ER xiii, 216
Will, 1541 ER xvii, 648
Will, 1542 ER xvii, 527
Wyall, 1587 RMS iv, 1491: one of Iona’s monastery lands, one merkland (unam marcatam de Wyall)
Waill, 1638 RMS ix, 828
Weill, 1654 Blaeu (Pont)
Waill, 1674 Retours ARG I, no. 82
Vuill, 1768 Turnbull
Gott and Vuille possessed by the minister, 1794 Cregeen 1964, 39
A’ Bhaoill, Angus MacLean, Scarinish, 1/1994 (oral source)

Related Places:

Bhuill is the name for the green area to the north of Loch a’ Riadhainn. There are several ruins there. Angus MacLean, Scarinish, 5/2009.

Local Form:

Languages : Obscure

Informants: Angus MacLean, Scarinish, 1/1994