Township: (Rubha) Craignis,Hough

Map Reference: Craignish 8

Name Type: shore

Meaning: A small rocky promontory between two beaches made up of large round stones

The lack of source forms makes this name less than transparent. Speculatively, this name could be reconstructed from at least three generics:
• ON bál ‘funeral pyre’ (CV, 54). Baalfjord is a Norwegian farm name (OR)
• OI bali ‘soft grassy bank, especially if sloping down to the shore’ (CV, 51). Bali is common, and Balaskarð is a farm name in Iceland (SAM). This does suit the long first syllable
• ON hvalr ‘whale’. In this case the head name would be Bhalas. A bay on the north side of Craignish is today called ScG Port na Muice ‘inlet of the whale.’ There is a Vallas in Tromsø, Norway (NG); Hvalnes is a farm name in Iceland (SAM)
The weakly stressed generic may be OI áss ‘rocky ridge’ (CV, 46). This is extremely common as a specific (see Asadh), but only occurs sixteen times as a generic among Icelandic farm names, for example Lyngás (SAM).

Other Forms: ONB p. 61 gives the same

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Languages : Gaelic, Obscure

Informants: OS