Township: Mannal

Map Reference: Mannal 82

Name Type: shore

Meaning: This is a Gaelic formation, with ScG carraig 'fishing rock', and ScG meall masc. 'lump, mass of any matter; heap, as of earth, hill eminence, great shapeless mound; knob" (Dwelly). Meall, from EG mill, is a common element on Tiree, with ten examples. There has been a change in gender of Am Meall from feminine in 1654 to masculine in 1878. This gender anomaly is a sign of a relatively older Gaelic formation, although it is a phrase name (see section 11.2.1). A similar example in Carloway, Caolas a' Mhill, also shows this (Cox 2002, 198).

Other Forms: Karig na Mall - 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.

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Information:On a rock between .the low and high tide marks is carved the initials 'AMDM 1899' with a thistle beneath - JH.

Local Form:

Languages : Gaelic

Informants: Jessie (Teasaidh Lachainn) MacKinnon, Mannal, 5/1995