Township: Hough

Map Reference: Hough 37

Name Type: machair

Meaning: An extensive area involving a Cnoc (where a Coastguard look-out hut was later built), Loch and Rubha

This is often taken to be a Gaelic toponym: ScG carragh ‘stone monument’, ScG staoin ‘awry, crooked’. However, there is no definite article. Common juniper, ScG staoin, is common on Coll but not currently found on Tiree (Pearman 2000, 98).

However it is possibly a Norse derivation from ON steinn ‘stone’ or steinnar ‘stones’. There is currently no recognised stone monument at this site, but the name could have transferred from one of the two nearby stone circles. See Murastain.

See the paper An Island in 180 Names: the Norse Place-Names of Tiree on this website

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Information:" S gun dail fo Charragh Phuirt-Staoin" - Cameron, Rev. Hector (ed.), Na Bàird Thirisdeach, The Tiree Association, 1932, p432.

ONB p. 24 gives Carrastaoin " a small district situated on the north side of Hough and extending to the sea. It is bounded on the east side by Balevullin."

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Languages : Gaelic, Obscure

Informants: OS