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English nameKirkapol
Gaelic nameCirceabol

Location and type of place name

LocationTiree, Inner Hebrides
Local authorityArgyll & Bute ~ Earra-Ghàidheal & Bòd
Parish post 1891
County post 1891Argyll & Bute ~ Earra-Ghàidheal & Bòd
Topographical feature typeSettlement ~ Tuineachadh
Postcode areaPA77
OS sheet number372
OS grid referenceNM042474
Type of namePlace ~ Àite


Element meaningON kirkja ~ church; boll ~ farmstead
Element typereligion

External Resources

OS maps

Further Information

Language notesON nom. sg. kirkja, f. ‘church’ + boll, 'farmstead'
Kirkabol 1654 Blaeu
Kirkapeill 1674 Retours (Argyle) 82
Kirkapoll 1804 Langlands
N Church-town: MacDonald 1965, 3
Circe-poll MacIntyre 1912
Circeabol: Brownlie
[Khjirkhapol]: JM
Circeabol: Halliday pers. comm.

The first OS maps shows two instances of “Chapel (in ruins)”, one is named Cladh Orain whilst the other is unnamed. Another site is called Cladh Kirkapoll. Modern maps no longer have Cladh Orain but teo sites called Chapel (remains of) and one called Cladh Kirkapol. An aerial view can be seen here: where Cladh Kirkapol is clearly a larger graveyard whilst Cladh Orain a smaller one. The Norther unnamed chapel does not seem to be one.

“Other old ruined chapel on Tiree are Teampuill Oran and Teampuill Chaluim Chille. In the burying ground of the former is to be seen the remains of a very ancient cross” Afoot in the Hebrides, Seton Gordon, Country Life, 1950, 185.

Cf. also which gives Teampall Phàraig for St Patrick’s Chapel
Additional infoThere is a church here still. There is Circeabost in South Uist. The proposed name is on the bilingual signs round the church.

Kirkapol Chapels ~ Teampaill Chirceaboil
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