Township: Kirkapol

Map Reference: Kirkapol 36

Name Type: watercourse

Meaning: Either a ditch at Silversands, or an older name for ScG Sruthan nan Clachan Dubha 'the streamlet of the black rocks'

A lack of documentary evidence makes this place-name difficult to reconstruct safely. Speculatively derived from OI bjórr masc. ‘a triangular cut off piece of skin, still used in Iceland in that sense; metaphorically a small piece of land’ (CV, 66), with the post-positioned bound definite article > bjórrin
Byre in Norway derives from bjórr (NS); Bjoren occurs twice in Norway (NG); Bjøraaen is recorded as a farm name in OR; and Bøur is a settlement in the Faroe Islands.

Other Forms: Abhainn Eòghainn - Hugh's stream - Angus Maclean, Scarinish, 10/1994 (after Hugh MacIntyre lived in Silversands and his sister Morag had the shop).

Related Places: Sruthan nan Clachan Dubha

Information:
A small ditch west of Silversands. He also said it was an older name for Sruthan nan Clachan Dubha - Angus MacLean, Scarinish from LMcL, 2/1996.

Local Form:

Languages : Gaelic, Obscure

Informants: Lachlan MacLean (Lachainn Sheumais), Vaul, 2 and 4/1996