Township: Hough

Map Reference: Hough 11

Name Type:

Meaning: Named after big cliffs in Mull where family came from - Neil Alec MacLean, Hough, 11/1993

It is an old name, long before the house was built - Flora Ann Brown, Balevullin, 11/1995.

Interestingly this name is not in the ONB.

Hough | A face of low cliffs on the eastern face of Beinn Hògh. The fact that this name only appears on more recent maps implies it is modern house name. Neil Alec MacLean said the site was ‘named after big cliffs in Mull where family came from.’ Flora Ann Brown (an older informant), however, said that this was an old Tiree name, in place long before a house given this name was built on the spot. Archie Brown said that cattle sometimes fell down the hillside here and his uncle was asked to fence the top of the cliff above the house.

This is likely to be a loan word from OI gnípa 'peak' (CV, 206) > ScG grìob(a) 'coast, precipice, part of a sea-coast where it is rocky and difficult to land: Uist' (Dwelly), with the locational Gaelic suffix -an denoting 'place of' (Cox 2002, 59; Alasdair Whyte, pers. comm.).
Gribun is also a coastal name below high cliffs on the west coast of Mull opposite Ulva; there is a Greepe on Skye (SP); Grip entered the dialect and is a common element in Orkney, as in Grip of Eastigarth (SP); Nípá and Nípur are farm names in Iceland (SAM): 'The element gnípa occurs as a mountain name at several places in Norway, for example in the forms Nipa, Nipen and Knipen.' (Fellows-Jensen, in Gammeltoft et al. 2005, 104)

Other Forms: Gribun - OS

Related Places:

Cameron, Rev. Hector (ed.), Na Bàird Thirisdeach, The Tiree Association, 1932, Angus MacKechnie, 'Iorram nan Itheach', p 382:

Frasan cruaidh a nuas bho Ghriobunn,
’S i ’na sioban bho Cheann-Traighe;
Ach na fleasgaich cha dean striochdadh-
Ruigidh sinn an cala sabhailt.

Local Form:

Languages : Obscure

Informants: OS

Informant 2: Neil Alec MacLean, Hough, 11/1993

Informant 3: Flora Ann Brown, Balevullin, 11/1995