Township: (Rubha) Craignis,Hough

Map Reference: Craignish 32

Name Type: shore

Meaning: One of four rocks at sea off Tràigh Thallasgeir

This is a name in ON vík ‘bay’. Possibly the specific is ON bali (genitive bala) ‘grassy slope leading down to the shore’, or ON pallr ‘ledge’ (but see Generics and Earbal for a discussion of this element) + ON hólmr ‘islet’ with metathesis > -rum (see Greatharum). This suggests that Bala-hólm-vík could have been the Norse name for Tràigh Thallasgeir. Both Pallen and Holmvik(a) are common names in Norway (NG). The scarcity of source forms, however, makes this name opaque, and polysyllabic names are frequently beyond reconstruction

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One of four rocks at sea off Tràigh Thallasgeir.

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Languages : Norse, Obscure

Informants: Sandy MacKinnon (Sandaidh Ghobhainn), Kilkenneth, 8/1995

Informant 2: Alasdair Sinclair, Greenhill, 11/1995