Township: West Hynish

Map Reference: West Hynish 10

Name Type: shore

Meaning: This could be a Gaelic name with ScG dris ‘bramble’ (Dwelly) with the locational suffix -ag > Driseag. Bramble (Rubus spp.) is found today on Tiree (Pearman 2000, 125), although not at this exposed location. There is a Drishaig near Inveraray and another near Dalmally, Argyll, along with a Drisaig on Colonsay and a Glen Drisaig in Ayrshire (SP). The Tiree name might be written Port Driseig today.
This is more likely to be, however, a Norse name with the specific ON hrís ‘shrubs, brushwood...local names Hrís-hóll’ (CV, 286; see Rice, Marwick 1929, 132). Today there is a stand of eared willow (Salix aurita) on the other side of Beinn Haoidhnis. The generic is ON vík ‘bay’. There is an island Risa in Orkney, and a Risadal in Diurinish, Skye (SP); Risvik(a) occurs fourteen times in Norway (NG); and Hrís- is a common specific in Icelandic farm names, such as Hrísnes or Hrísey (SAM). See Riasgal

Other Forms: Port Riseag ONB p.228 gives "significance unknown."

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Languages : Gaelic

Informants: multiple

Informant 2: OS