Township: Sothaigh

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Name Type: sea

Meaning: The scarcity of source forms makes reconstruction speculative. This feature may be named after a boat that grounded on this rock. The informant pointed out it would have to have been a sizeable boat because of the depth of the rock, even at low tide. Archibald Brown of Mannal was the captain of a coastal trader called the Laverock Scot in the nineteenth century (Times August 1868). There is, however, no oral tradition, or documentary record so far found, to substantiate a link to a modern boat’s name.
This may be a Gaelic coinage with lethbhreac masc. ‘one of a pair’ (Dwelly), although the source form shows a feminine noun.
This may be a loan word from the Scots Laverock or laveracke ‘skylark’ (DSL). This is very productive in Scots names, as in Laverockbank, Perthshire, but none of these is in Argyll (SP), and the common, modern, local Gaelic word for skylark is uiseag from the Irish uiseóg. A loan from the cognate ON lævirki ‘skylark’ (CV, 404) might be phonologically more likely, but this would be the only example on SP. The skylark (Alauda arvensis) is common on Tiree (Bowler and Hunter 2007, 147), but naming a sea-rock after this bird would be unlikely. This could, therefore, be an example of a nickname, which are quite commonly used in Tiree place-names: e.g. Poll na Dùcha, Croit na Sunnaig and Port na Mistress. Alternatively, this could be an ON name in vík ‘bay’, and refer to the horseshoe- shaped island complex of Sothaigh. There is an inland Loch Labharaig in Strath Mulzie, east of Ullapool (SP).

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Information:He was shown this rock by his father, Neil. It is quite deep, and lies between Cleit Ruaig and Soay. They assumed it was where a boat called the 'Levereck' went aground, but there is no oral tradition or maritime record to back this up - IMcD

In a London Times report from August 1868 under the headline 'Wreck and Loss of Life' it reads, 'On the morning of Saturday last, the 8th of August...Especial praise is due to Captain Archibald Brown [of Mannal] of the Laverock Scot'. There is no tradition linking this coastal trader and this rock.

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Languages : Gaelic, Obscure

Informants: Iain MacDonald, Skipnish, 5/2016