Township: Kilmoluaig

Map Reference: Kilmoluaig 102

Name Type: sea

Meaning: The two source forms are quite different, but appear to relate to the same feature. They are both Gaelic. ScG sgoth 'steep rock' (Dwelly) can also mean 'boat, skiff' (< ON skúta). It is rare in Scottish place-names: Port nan Sgoth on Islay, and Loch Dubhar-Sgoth on Skye (SP). Sgonn 'shapeless hill' (Dwelly) is another uncommon Gaelic generic, appearing as An Sgonn at Kilmallie, Argyll, and at Lochbroom, Ross (SP). The specifics are personal names: Mac (C)oitir is common in Ireland: 'the son of the Norse personal name Óttar'. There is also a Sgeir MhicCoit at the southeastern corner of the Craignish headland. These two features are the only ones on Tiree referencing a Norse-Gaelic surname (see section 13.1). Mhic Cumha' may relate to the mythical Irish figure Fionn mac Cumhaill. See Coire Finn Mac Cumaill.

Other Forms: Sgonn Mhic Choit - modern OS

Sgonn Mhic Coitch - ONB p27, "a small island of rock at Meall an Fhithich, no meaning got."

Sgoth Mhic Cumha' - AMcD, HMcL, Donald Kennedy, Balevullin

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Languages : Norse, Gaelic

Informants: OS

Informant 2: Alasdair MacDonald, Druimasadh, 4/1995

Informant 3: Hugh MacLeod, Carachan, 5/1995