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English nameHeribusta
Gaelic nameHearbusta
Meaning?higher farm

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 referenceNG401709
Type of namePlace ~ Àite


Element meaningPossibly ON hár ~ high; bústaðr or bólstaðr ~ farm
Element typeagriculture

External Resources

OS mapsGazetteer for Scotland

Further Information

Language notesPerhaps hærri-bústaðr or hærri-búlstaðr: comp. adj. of ON hár, ‘high’ + bústaðr, masc. ‘farm’ or bólstaðr masc. ‘farm’ = ‘higher farm’
Heribost, Heribusta, Lord’s dwelling: Harri and bust Forbes, 214
Hearbusta or Tearbusta, Lord’s farm, from Norse. Mac an Tàilleir
Heribost (Skye), Heireabost.
Additional infoThe derivation for the first element was suggested by Gammeltoft 2001, 122. Cox 1994, 46 states the second element represents bústaðr, 'farm', whilst Gammeltoft claims a derivation from bólstaðr, 'farm'. Hearabusta differs from the OS form, Heribusta, and both are separate from Hearabost.
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