Township: Salum

Map Reference: Salum 5

Name Type: shore

Meaning: Big Tromsalum

This is more likely to come from OI þruma (genitive þrumu) ‘border-land, outskirts’ (CV, 747), ‘land, soil’ (see Thrumster in Wick; Gammeltoft 2001, 155). ‘Trum- or trom- appears as the first element of several Norwegian place-names, and the origin is usually there assumed to be ON tr?mr ‘edge, brim, verge, the outer edge of something’’ (Marwick 1947, 20; Marwick, 1952, 66). It could refer here to the limit of Salum’s cast seaweed collecting rights. Trøm- is quite common as a specific in Norway, for example Trømnes in Løten and Trømøy in Arendal (NG); Þröm occurs three times as an Icelandic farm name (SAM). Possibly the generic is the farm name Sàthalum itself, rather than hólmr ‘islet’

Other Forms: Tromsalum - LMcL

Tromasamull Mòr - AMcL

Tromasgal - BMcL

Tromslum Mòr - ONB p115

Related Places:

Information:
Trosgamul is off Brock; Trosgalum on Salum beach - AMcL.

Local Form:

Languages : Norse, Gaelic

Informants: Lachlan MacLean (Lachainn Sheumais), Vaul, 11/1999

Informant 2: Angus MacLean, Scarinish, 11/1996

Informant 3: Bobby MacLean, Mialum, 11/1999