Township: Salum

Map Reference: Salum 5

Name Type: shore

Meaning: Big Tromsalum

In contrast to Tromsalum, Ruaig, this is more likely to come from OI þruma (genitive þrumu) 'border-land, outskirts' (CV, 747; 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 1995 (1947), 20 and Trumland 73; Marwick, 1952, 66) The generic is the farm township name Sàthalum itself. It could refer here to a hagmark (see section 10.2.2) marking the boundary of the farm township, or to the extent of Salum's cast seaweed collecting rights: Þrumusáðshólm.
Trøm- is quite common as a specific in Norway, for example Trømnes in Løten and Trømøy in Arendal (NG); the simplex Þröm occurs three times as an Icelandic farm name (SAM).

Other Forms: Tromsalum - LMcL

Tromasamull Mòr - AMcL

Tromasgal - BMcL

Tromslum Mòr - ONB p115

Related Places:

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