Township: Hynish

Map Reference: Hynish 36

Name Type: sliabh

Meaning: ScG Linne 'pool'


There are at least four possible specifics:
• OI h?rgr 'a heathen place of worship. There is a visually arresting, finely balanced erratic on the skyline here: Hørg occurs twice as a settlement name in the Faroe Islands (KO), and is a common specific among Icelandic farm names, for example Hörgsdalur (SAM)
• ON torf 'turf' (CV, 636): see Horbhas
• A male ON personal name such as Þórðr, Þórir or Þórvald; there is a Tórshavn in the Faroe Islands (KO); and there is a Þórsnes and a Þórseyri in Iceland (SAM)
• ON horr ‘muddy ground’ (see Horrie from ON horr 'muddy ground, literally snot', Sandnes 2010a, 124);

The generic is ON múli in the sense of ‘ridge’.
There is a Horraquoy in Orkney and a Horray in North Uist (SP); there is a Horren in Selje and a Horrebakken in Homnes, Norway (NG); Horr is a farm name in Norway (OR).

Other Forms: ONB p233 Linne Thorramhuill, with Linne Odhar a' Mhaoile, meaning dun coloured pool, crossed out.

Linne Thoramuil - DMcC

Related Places:

Information:"That's where they were digging for peat at first, but it filled with water" - David McClounnan, Balephuil, 6/1998. AC55.

Local Form:

Languages : Norse, Gaelic

Informants: OS

Informant 2: David McClounnan, Balephuil, 6/1998. AC55.