Township: Hynish

Map Reference: Hynish 105

Name Type: shore

Meaning: The pool of the ring
The fact that there is just one unrecorded source forces us to exercise extreme caution. This could be a Gaelic/Scots coinage, with ScG poll 'pool' + Scots ring. There is another Poll a' Ring in Heanish, where small boats were kept attached to a ring in the rock. However, it is possible that this is an unqualified Norse name from ON hringr 'ring, circle' (CV, 285).
Ring is a settlement on Westray, Orkney (SP); Ringen occurs nine times in Norway (NG); Ring and Ringe are farm names in Norway (OR); and Ringurin is a settlement name in the Faroe Islands (KO). All of these presumably refer to a circular landscape feature of some sort.

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Languages : Gaelic, English

Informants: unrecorded