Township: Ruaig,Sothaigh

Map Reference: Soay 20

Name Type: fort

Meaning: Ruaig | Currently applied to the southwest tip of Sòthaigh. This area contains a raised area of rock, which Beveridge put forward as a promontory fort site. However, although there are a large number of stones scattered around, it does not seem that this was a built structure.

This may derive either from OI oddi (or oddr, genitive plural odda) 'point or tongue of land ... frequently in local names Odda-staðr' (CV, 462; Jakobsen 1897, 87, 88 and 95; Cox 2002, 346), or a male ON personal names such as Oddi and Oddr (CV, 462; Jakobsen 1936, 152). The generic is ON hólmr ‘islet’ after metathesis. Oddahólm is likely to have been an archaic 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 occurs four times 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