Township: Skerryvore

Map Reference: Skerryvore 9

Name Type: sea

Meaning:
The specific may be the male ON personal name Úlfr, with one form suggesting ON súla ‘gannet’, with ON stakkr ‘sea stack’
Ùlabrac is a fishing rock on Barra (Stahl 1999, 301), and there is a Sula Skerry in Bracadale, Skye (SP); there is a Sula Stack on yell, and another in Sandness, Shetland (SP); Sula is quite a common unqualified simplex name in Norway and there is a Sulafjorden in Hareid, Norway (NG).

Other Forms:
Sulasach - SSS



Related Places: Ulstay, 1860 Police report: ‘Ulstay fishing banks 4 miles south west of
the Skere Vore light house’ (An Iodhlann archive)
Ulestach, quoted in a letter from the Tiree chamberlain to the Duke of Argyll: ‘I am glad to inform your Grace that the crew of the Duchess fishing boat had a very good fishing, the weather very fine once the took courage and went out where the Tyree boats were fishing outside the lighthouse and remained for two days and brought in 300 fine ling fish and an innumerable number of eels...out to Ulestach this week during the spring tides.’ (Inveraray archive uncatalogued papers)
Sulasach, SA1971/99/A1a
Ùlastach, Alasdair Brown, Balephuil, no date recorded (oral source)
Ùlastac, William MacLean, Balinoe, 6/2004 (oral source)

Information:Another sea rock near MacKenzie’s Rock, possibly even the Norse name for Skerryvore itself, ScG An Sgeir Mhòr ‘the big skerry’

Ùlastac is near MacKenzie’s Rock. The Labrador was wrecked on it. Its cargo included bananas and spirits and much more and islanders went out in boats and nets collecting it. Willie MacLean, Balinoe, 6/2004.

Local Form:

Languages : Norse

Informants: Willie MacLean, Balinoe, 5/2010

Informant 2: SA1971/99/A1a