Township: Greenhill

Map Reference: Greenhill 20

Name Type: shore

Meaning: The specific is ON gris ‘dangerous waters with many submerged rocks’ (Berit Sandnes, pers. comm.): 'Norwegian island names containing words for pigs, dogs, oxen etc., are often thought to signal dangerous water or passage with submerged reefs and strong currents.' (Gammeltoft, in in Gammeltoft et al., 2005, 124) The generic is ON hólmr ‘islet’ after metathesis: Grishólm.
There is a Burn of Griskerry in Sandwick, Shetland; there is a Grisevika in Fjaler, and names in Grisholmen are quite common in Norway (NG).

Other Forms: By location possibly Row Smuckaberg - 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. [see Bergh, Sandaig and Dun Haingis]

OS gives Eilean Greasamul.

Most local people simply call it Greasamul.

Greasamul - Bailtean is Ath-Ghairmean, Niall M Brownlie, Argyll Publishing, 1995, p159.

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Languages : Norse, Gaelic

Informants: Alasdair Sinclair, Greenhill, 11/1993

Informant 2: multiple

Informant 3: OS