Township: Hough

Map Reference: Hough 43

Name Type: agricultural

Meaning: The first syllable is variably disyllabic, and the -sg- is variably 'half palatalised', with a palatalised -s- and an unpalatalised -g-. The specific may again be a male ON personal name such as Hræiðarr with the genitive morpheme /s/. Hreiðarsstaðir occurs twice as a farm name in Iceland (SAM). The weakly stressed generic may be:
• ON garðr 'enclosure', which > -gal in some Norwegian dialects (Berit Sandnes, pers. comm.)
• ON kollr 'rounded hill'. If this is a hill name, this may refer to ScG Beinn Bheag Bhail’ a’ Mhuilinn 'the small hill of Balevullin', the smallest and most northerly eminence in the Beinn Hògh complex

Other Forms: Rèisgal Èirdsidh Hògh - LC
Rèisgal Àrd (west of road) and Rèisgal Ìseal (east of road) - Archie Brown, Kilkenneth, 11/2014

Related Places:

An area of ground behind Hough House - NAMcL.

Rèisgeal Èirdsidh Hògh was the top part of the field next to the hill behind his house - LC.

The field that runs from the road to the hill to the north of Hough house, inside the boundary wall with Balevullin - DMcK.

Local Form:

Languages : Norse, Gaelic

Informants: Neil Alec MacLean, Hough, 6/1994

Informant 2: Lachlan Cameron, Balevullin, 8/1994

Informant 3: Donald MacKinnon, Hough, 1/1995