Township: West Hynish

Map Reference: West Hynish 120

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Meaning: There are at least four possible reconstructions:
• ON heiðrin ‘the moor’, with the post-positioned bound definite article
(see Hayon, Sandnes 2010a, 120). Heidane occurs four times in Norway (NG). This is topographically appropriate
• ON ærgin ‘the shieling(s)’. There are a number of probable shieling sites on the hill here, and the neighbouring area of hillside is called Siadar derived from ON sætr ‘shieling’
• ON eyrr/øyrr with the post-positioned bound definite article > eyrrin/ øyrrin ‘the gravel bank’. This is topographically plausible from the striking valley below this hillside known as Dìubadal, with its extensive raised shingle beach. Øren is a common place-name in Norway (NG)
• ScG word aoireann. ‘ScG aoireann fem. ‘raised beach’ is not found in the dictionaries of Dwelly, Maclennan or Watson, but is in common use among Gaelic speakers to mean raised beach (note: I am grateful to Dòmhnall Uilleam Stiùbhart for this information)’ (Márkus 2012, 521). ‘Aoireann ‘beach’ found in Argyllshire’ (Cox 2002b, 277). This could be a loan word from ON eyrr/øyrr fem. ‘sand or gravel bank, either of banks of rivers or of a small point of land running into the sea, a spit’ (Zoega), with the ScG locational suffix -an. There is an Errin Butt on Bute (Márkus 2012, 460), a Suil Earan in Uig, and a Port na h-Aoirinn on Jura (SP)

Other Forms: Possibly Heriuan - 9 July 1679, ICA Bundle 472/194

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Languages : Obscure

Informants: Blaeu 1654