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English nameBarnluasgan
Gaelic nameBàrr an Losgein

Location and type of place name

LocationKnapdale, Argyll
Local authorityArgyll & Bute ~ Earra-Ghàidheal & Bòd
Parish post 1891
County post 1891Argyll & Bute ~ Earra-Ghàidheal & Bòd
Topographical feature typeSettlement ~ Tuineachadh
Postcode areaPA31
OS sheet number358
OS grid referenceNR789911
Type of namePlace ~ Àite


Element meaningPerhaps bàrr ~ top, summit; luasgan ~ tottering, shaking or losgann ~ toad, frog or loisgean ~ beacon site’
Element typeanimallawtopography

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Further Information

Language notesPerhaps G sg. masc. bàrr, nom. ‘top’, ‘summit’ + gen. sg. masc. art. an + gen. sg. of luasgan, masc. ‘tottering, shaking’’ or losgann, masc. ‘toad, frog’ or *loisgean, ‘beacon site’ (see below)= either ‘summit of shaking’ or ‘summit of the toad’ or ‘summit of the beacon site’.
Barloisken 1654 Blaeu Knapdale
Barlaskin 1747-55 Roy
Barinluskan 1820 Thomson
Baranloisgan 1912 Bartholomew
G. Bàrr an luasgain, ‘height of the shaking...' Sometimes given as Bàrr an loisgein, G. for ‘height of the pimpernel’. : MacMillan 1960
Barr an Luasgain: Robertson Collection MS 370, 63
Bàrr an Loisginn? (esh for the s): JM
Additional infoFrom others sites an unattested appelative *loisgean, ‘beacon site’ might be proposed (thanks to Peadar Morgan for this suggestion). RCAHMS mentions the existence of a man-made raised area here
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