Township: Kirkapol

Map Reference: Kirkapol C

Name Type: agriculture

Meaning: The croft of Donald, the son of Red Archie; or Big Neil the son of Donald

Other Forms: Croit Dhòmhnaill ’ic Ghilleasbuig - MAMcD

Related Places:

Neil MacPhail, the Registrar - MAMcD.

Neil MacPhail was the long-serving Registrar before he retired to Glasgow. Alasdair Sinclair, Brock, 2/2006.

He was the longest serving Registrar in Britain and was given a medal for it. Fiona MacKinnon, Kirkapol, 2/2006.

Neil MacPhail’s father went to Ireland one day on a Tiree smack. It was a hot day and when they landed he walked up the shore to a house where he asked an old woman for a drink of water. “You can have some fresh milk,” she replied. So he sat down and started to drink. A pig came into the house and started to push him. “He recognises me,” said MacPhail. “He recognises the bowl!” said the woman. Lachie Sheumais MacKinnon, Vaul, 10/1999.

Local Form:

Languages : Gaelic

Informants: Mary Ann MacDonald, Heanish, 5/1994