Township: Gott,Kirkapol,Ruaig,Sothaigh

Map Reference: Sothaigh 6

Name Type: sea

Meaning: 'The skerries of the seals'

This may derive from a male ON personal name such as Rómundr, which is proposed as the derivation for Rommetveit in Norway (NS), or Hróðmarr. In the form Sgeirean nan Ròin, ON rómr has been gaelicised to ScG ròn 'seal', even though seals never haul out on these rocks today. The generic is ON sker 'skerry': Hróðmarrsker.
There is a Roam in Stromness, Orkney, and a Roaman on Evie, Orkney (SP); a Rom in Lyngdal, and a Romvika in Lenvik, Norway (NG); Rom- is a common specific among Norwegian farm names, as in Romenes (OR); and Rommen is a common name in Norway (NG).

Other Forms: Ròmasgeir - HMcK, Duncan Grant, Ruaig, 3/2010

Sgeirean nan Ròin - AMcL

Sgeirean an Ròin - ONB p163, "Seal's Rock", "a group of rocks almost in the centre of Gott Bay."

Related Places:

Inside Clach a' Chomharraidh - AMcL.

They used to practice bombing it in the war - HMcK.

As boys, they used to watch the bombers wheel over Vaul and swoop down low over these rocks. There would be a plume of white smoke and there was a small tin hut on the machair above the beach west of Machair House where the observers would shelter as they marked the accuracy of the bombing runs. Then the planes would sweep over Soay, turn again and come in from the other side. Later the empty yellow and green canisters would be washed ashore - Duncan Grant, Ruaig, 3/2010.

They never had any seals on them. They were usually under water - Alasdair Sinclair, Brock.

Local Form:

Languages : Gaelic

Informants: Angus MacLean, Scarinish, 5/2009 and 3/2010

Informant 2: OS

Informant 3: Hugh MacKinnon, Torr a’ Bhaile, 3/2010