Township: Kilmoluaig

Map Reference: KIlmoluaig 36

Name Type: road

Meaning: Polysyllabic names are usually particularly difficult to reconstruct (see section 17.6). The generic, anyway, is the ON loan word ærgi from EG áirge ‘milking place’ (Cox 2002, 122). On Islay, this is a common construction with Brahunisary < Hunisærgi; Conas-airigh < Konungsærgi (Macniven 2015, 171); Sornasairidh (Macniven 2015, 219) a Calumsary (Macniven 2015, 309); while Ásgrimsærgin appears in the Orkneyinga Saga (Cox 2002, 220). Similarly, although this is uncommon in place-names (Sandnes 2010a, 118), the specific here may be the female ON personal name Kolþerna with the genitive morpheme /s/. Kolþerna is also the modern Icelandic term for the black tern (Chlidonias niger), but this bird is very rare on Tiree (Bowler and Hunter 2007, 124). This meaning may account for the Icelandic farm name Kolþernumyri (SAM).

Other Forms: Also transcribed by JH as Cadhaltraonsaraidh

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Languages : Obscure

Informants: Norman MacIver, Kilmoluaig, 12/1993

Informant 2: Iain Chaluim MacKinnon, Kilmoluaig, 11/1993