Township: Mannal

Map Reference: Mannal 11

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Meaning: Mannal | A stream. The hillock nearby is said by one of the informants (JMcK) to be a fairy mound.

This is likely to be a Norse name in ON vík 'bay', possibly with ON hrókr 'rook' (see Ròg above): Hróksvík. This may not be literal, as rooks were 'occasional stragglers from Mull during autumn' (Hunter and Bowler 2007, 176). This may be figurative: 'a place only fit for rooks' (see Cràignis). The final source form may have substituted the ScG locational suffix -(a)id 'place of' (Cox 2002, 60). See Liùcaid.
Rokvika occurs three times, and Rokkvika twice, in Norway (NG); Rók- is a common specific in the Faroe Islands, as in Rókargøtan (KO), but does not occur in Iceland (SAM).

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It was a fairy mound, now dug out - JMcK.

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Languages : Gaelic, Obscure

Informants: Jessie MacKinnon (Teasaidh Lachainn), Mannal, 11/1993