Township: Hough

Map Reference: Hough 43

Name Type: agricultural

Meaning: ON personal name Hræiðarr with the genitive morpheme /s/. Hreiðarsstaðir occurs twice as a farm name in Iceland (SAM). The weakly stressed generic may be:
• 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 (Ben Hough) complex
• ON gil ‘gully’ which could refer to the gap in the hill line of Beinn Hògh (Ben Hough), which is also known as ScG A’ Bheinn Sgoilte ‘the cloven mountain’. ‘Hough Hill (the next highest) [was known] as A’ Bheinn Bheàrnach no Sgoilte (the Notched or Cloven Hill)’ (Black, 2008, 131)
• ON skáli ‘hall or house of a prominent person’, although by the late medieval period settlement in Hough was on the western side of the hill (see Turnbull 1768)
• ON skalli ‘skull; stony, rising ground’

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