Township: Kilmoluaig

Map Reference: Kilmoluaig 1

Name Type: machair

Meaning: This is likely to be a Gaelic name, but the derivation is obscure:
• ScG carrach 'itchy, mangy, scorbutic; stony, rocky; of uneven surface; crustaceous, as potatoes; curvated' (Dwelly) with the locational suffix -an (Cox 2002, 59: 'the place of roughness'. The folk etymology is that the place is so named after the rough-skinned local potatoes (Hugh MacLeod, Eòghann Charrachain, Cornaig, 8/1994, oral source)
• ScG carrachan 'wild liquorice' (Dwelly). Watson derives Cnoc nan(n) Carrachan as 'hill of wild liquorice' (Watson 1996 (1904), 155 and 222). There is a Creag na Carrcha Meille in Carloway (Cox 2002, 248). Carra-meille means 'wild liquorice, wild pease, heath pease, tuberous bitter vetch'. Although wild liquorice (Astragalus glycyphyllos) is not recorded as growing on Tiree today, several varieties of vetch are (Pearman and Preston 2000, 144)
There is a Carrachan in Applecross; Carrachan Mor on Mull; Carrachan Dubh in Sutherland; The Carachs, Caithness; an Allt Creag nan Carrachan in Kintail (SP).

Other Forms: Carachan - ONB p70, "applies to three small houses quite close to Cnoc Charachan and [takes] the name from the wild liquorice root abounding in the neighbourhood."

Related Places:

Information:Named because the potatoes grown here were rough (Gaelic carrach) - Hugh MacLeod, Cornaig, 8/1994.

Local Form:

Languages : Obscure

Informants: OS

Informant 2: multiple, particularly attached to personal name - i.e. Niall Charachain