Township: Gott

Map Reference: Gott 1

Name Type: watercourse

Meaning: Loch Kirkapol was the name in the 16th century (Blaeu/Pont). This presumably reflects an advancement of Kirkapol township to the west.

The OSNB gives 'loch of the snare', from ScG riadh 'snare', although there appears to be no definite article. This is an obscure name. There is a Meall Riaghain in Ardchattan: "On the South Side of Beinn Chruachan having its base in Glen Oe stands a bold Rocky Mountain. The name is probably derived from swinging appearance with reference to the principal feature Beinn Chruachan" (OS1/2/52/48).

Riadhan "Trail, as when grain or meal is escaping from a bag while carrying it. 2 Raking of hay, anything continued in a long line. 4 Streak. 5 Temporary passage for water to run in" (Dwelly). The loch was drained in the eighteenth century: "By the appearance of the descent [from Loch Kirkapol], and a trial the factor caused the tenants to make some years ago of draining it in order to get peats, there seems to be no difficulty in draining effectually" (Turnbull Report 1768).

May be related to Ylen Na Hyring on Blaeu map of 1654

Other Forms: Loch Kirkabol - The map MVLA INSVLA in the Atlas of Scotland, Atlas Novus, by Joan Blaeu, 1654. These maps were largely based on work by Timothy Pont who mapped Scotland between 1583 and 1596. NLS, 123.

Loch Kirkapoll - The Turnbull Map of Tiree 1768 and accompanying survey text.

Loch Riaghain - ONB p126, significance "Loch of the Snare."

Loch an Riadhain - Na Baird Thirisdeach, ed. Rev Hector Cameron, An Comunn Thirisdeach, 1932, p263.


Related Places:

Information:"Easgannan a Loch an Riadhain," - Na Baird Thirisdeach, ed. Rev Hector Cameron, An Comunn Thirisdeach, 1932, p263.

A band of "Vikings" came to stay on a house on an island in Loch a' Riadhain while the man of the house was away. They stayed for a week and then left taking away his wife and three children and setting fire to the house - as told to Donald MacDoald, Heanish by Isabella MacIntyre, Gott while haymaking in 1951. In 1955 it was a very dry summer and Danny Gillespie was digging out An Dig Mhòr when he came accross burnt looking pieces of wood - DMcD, 9/1995 and 3/1997. Confirmed by Rosie and Babs MacIntyre, Gott, 4/1997.

There were two islands in the loch when he was a boy in the 1930s. He nicknamed them 'Coll' and 'Tiree'. There is 'charcoal' west of An Tobhta Glas - DMcI.

Local Form:

Languages : Norse, Gaelic

Informants: Donald MacIntyre, Gott, 12/1995

Informant 2: OS