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pdtempan
2007-10-09 12:13:34
Corrán challenge
Congratulations to weedavie on correctly answering the question about corrán names outside Ireland at the end of my article on mountain names: "Anyway place names such as Corran (the headland on the west where the ferry from Ardgour runs across Loch Linnhe) or Corran (a river mouth spit below Beinn Sgritheal) are cases in point." Close on Davie's heels was Michael Ansell of Galloway, who contacted me by email, suggesting Coran of Portmark in his local area. I was hoping that Michael would be right, especially as a mountain name would have made a neater parallel, but the lack of a Gaelic form for this name and the cairn marked on the summit swayed me towards an interpretation of this name as an instance of carn rather than corrán. However, like Davie's, it was a valiant effort, and I must admit I have no conclusive proof about Coran of Portmark, so both will get a prize. Please contact me with a postal address to claim your prizes! All the best, Paul
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