Township: Vaul

Map Reference: Vaul 29

Name Type: sea

Meaning: This may be an unqualified simplex name. There is a Craga on Orkney, for which Sandnes suggests ON kraki ‘pole; anchor’ (CV, 354), although ‘krak/ krag- in Scandinavian place-names is [usually] derived from ‘crow’ (Sandnes 2010a, 106). There is a Craga on yell (SP); Krakken occurs five times as a name in Norway (NG); and Krakk and Krakken occur as farm names in Norway (OR). If this is a compound name, the generic may be ON eið ‘isthmus, neck of land’ (CV, 117), which > -a in the Northern Isles, as in Skálp-eið > Scapa Flow in Orkney (Márkus 2012, 446). In this case, Krák-eið would have been the Norse name for Mithealum headland. This, however, may be a Gaelic loan word from the Scots ‘crag’.

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Information:This used to have a flag on to guide puffers on to the beach safely. In fact, if you knew the beach, you could line up the chimneys of Taigh Flòraidh and Taigh Bean Eòghainn and come in that way - LMcL.

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Languages : Gaelic, English

Informants: Lachlan MacLean (Lachainn Sheumais), Vaul, 4/1996