Township: Mithealum,Vaul

Map Reference: Mithealum 8

Name Type: shore

Meaning: The specific is ON miðr ‘middle’. ‘Intervocalically, ON -ð- is replaced by hiatus, for example in ScG fadhail’ (Cox 2007b, 68). The generic is ON hólmr ‘islet’, presumably naming the islet called Mithealum an Fheòir today.
There is a Meanish on Barra and a Mithinish in Barvas, Lewis; in the Northern Isles where ON miðr > mid-, Mid is a common element, for example Midgarth on Stronsay and Midskaill on Rousay (SP); and Mið- is a very common specific among Icelandic farm names, as in Miðgil (SAM).

Other Forms: Mealum - The map MVLA INSVLA in the Atlas of Scotland, Atlas Novus, by Joan Blaeu, 1654. These maps were largely based on work by Timothy Pont who mapped Scotland between 1583 and 1596. NLS, 123.

Mialum - The Turnbull Map of Tiree 1768 and accompanying survey text.


Related Places:

Information:There used to be a church here - Lachlan MacLean (Lachainn Sheumais), Vaul, 4/1996.

The church was at the south end of Mithealum promontory on the grass - Bobby MacLean, Mialum, 11/1999.
The north end was called Mìthealum a-mach and the south end Mìthealum a-staigh. There is the ruin of an old house at the south end which was abandoned "as the tide came in" - Bobby MacLean, Mialum, 11/1999.

Mithealum a-Mach is where the old house site is - Mary MacPhee, Scarinish, 9/1994.

Local Form:

Languages : Norse

Informants: multiple

Informant 2: Lachlan MacLean (Lachainn Sheumais), Vaul, 4/1996