Township: Ruaig,Sothaigh

Map Reference: Soay 20

Name Type: fort

Meaning: This derives from OI oddi (or oddr, genitive odda) ‘point or tongue of land... frequently in local names Odda-staðr’ (CV, 462; Jakobsen 1897, 87, 88 and 95; Cox 2002b, 346). There are also the male ON personal names Oddi and Oddr (CV, 462; Jakobsen 1936, 152). The generic is ON hólmr ‘islet’ with metathesis. Odda-hólmr is likely to have been the original name for Cleit Ruaig, a large, domed rock just off the ‘points’ of Soay.
There is an Odarum and an Otternish on North Uist (SP); there is an Otrøy in Midsud, an Otteholman in Leka, and Otreholmen is common in Norway (NG); and Oddar and Oddagarðar are farm names in Iceland (SAM).

Other Forms: Dun Ottir - Coll and Tiree, Erskine Beveridge, Birlinn, 2004, p84.

Dun Ottir - Handbook to the Islands of Coll and Tiree, Hector MacDougall and Rev. Hector Cameron, Archibald Sinclair, p127.

Dùn Odaruim - AMcL

Related Places: See Odarum

Information:
This round, easily defensible, knoll lies beyond Bealach na Ciste. There is no stone work left now. JH, 4/2013

Local Form:

Languages : Gaelic, Obscure

Informants: Erskine Beveridge

Informant 2: Handbook to the Islands of Coll and Tiree, Hector MacDougall and Rev. Hector Cameron

Informant 3: Angus MacLean, Scarinish, 3/2010