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English nameThe Minch
Gaelic nameA' Mhaoil
Genitive formna Maoile

Location and type of place name

LocationWestern Isles
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Parish post 1891
County post 1891
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Type of nameOther ~ Eile


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Language notes 
SourcesThe Minch an Cuan Leódhsach - A’ Mhaoil gen. na Maoile in Lewis.
An Lighe Rònach between Rona & Applecross; Lighe Phortrigh between Rona and Skye.: Robertson
cuan sgith for the Minch... an cuan Sgianach, “the Skye Sea,” as the people of the outer isles name
the inner Minch: MacKinnon

The Minch an linne Sgitheach (Uist) an linne[?] also Cuan Uidhist (Rios.[?] Mac....’s mother): Watson CW9
Parts of the Minch are called linne, pool, e.g., an linne Sgitheanach, an linne Rarsach. The Minch itself is a' Mhaoil, the Moyle ; also an Cuan Sgith, the sea of Skye ; Cuan Uidhist, the Little Minch.: Watson 1904, lxxiii
The Minch between Skye and Uist is called the Sea of Skye: Forbes, 16
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