Township: Mithealum,Vaul

Map Reference: Mithealum 8

Name Type: shore

Meaning: Vaul | A promontory tipped by a number of islets dividing Vaul Bay and Salum Bay

There are at least two possibilities for the specific:
• ON mið 'middle' (CV, 426) or meðal ‘in the middle ... Meðal-fell, Middle Fell, a local name’ (CV, 420). 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 an extremely common specific among Icelandic farm names, as in Miðgil (SAM).
• ON mið 'fishing bank' (CV, 426) or 'fishing mark' (Sandnes 2010a, 223)
The generic is ON hólmr ‘islet’, presumably naming the islet called Mithealum an Fheòir today: Miðhólm. See Craga.

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