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English nameBornesketaig
Gaelic nameBorgh na Sgiotaig
Meaningfort of the Sgiotaig

Location and type of place name

LocationSkye, Inner Hebrides
Local authorityHighland ~ A’ Ghàidhealtachd
Parish post 1891Kilmuir
County post 1891Inverness-shire ~ Siorrachd Inbhir Nis
Topographical feature typeSettlement ~ Tuineachadh
Post townPORTREE
Postcode areaIV51
Relevant main roadsA855
OS sheet number408
OS grid referenceNG375710
Type of namePlace ~ Àite


Element meaningON borgh ~ fort; sgiotaig ~ obscure
Element typefortificationtopography

External Resources

OS mapsGazetteer for Scotland

Further Information

Language notesG nom. sg. borgh masc., 'fort' + gen. sg. masc. def. art. na + presumed gen. sg. of sgiotaig (perhaps a Gaelicised ON place-name) = 'Fort of the Sgiotaig'.
Barra na Skelag 1654 Blaeu Map (Skye)
Borniskitach, Ru Borniskilag 1776 Mackenzie: North part
Borniskitach 1804 Heather
Bornaskitaig 1820 Thomson
Bornaskitaig 1878 OS 6 inch 1st edn.
Borbh-na-Sgiotaig, Norse borg, burgh, sgaothaig, N skagi vik, 'low cape'. Forbes 1923, 82, 86
In Kilmuir said to mean Division Bay, but it is Borg na Sgiotaig.
Borgh na Sgiotaig, fort at the division bay, from Gaelic/ Norse Mac an Tàilleir 2003
Additional infoSee B. Gordon (1965) 82-85. She suggests the name could originally have represented ON Borg-nes, 'fortress headland', which has since gained an obscure second element.
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