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English nameHeaste
Gaelic nameHeasta
Meaning?horse farm
Genitive formHeast

Location and type of place name

LocationSkye, Inner Hebrides
Local authorityHighland ~ A’ Ghàidhealtachd
Parish post 1891Strath
County post 1891Inverness-shire ~ Siorrachd Inbhir Nis
Topographical feature typeSettlement ~ Tuineachadh
Post townISLE OF SKYE
Postcode areaIV49
Relevant main roadsA87
OS sheet number412
OS grid referenceNG641174
Type of namePlace ~ Àite

Elements

Element meaningPossibly ON hestr ~ horse
Element typeagriculture, animal

External Resources

OS mapsGazetteer for Scotland
Pronunciation

Further Information

Language notesPossibly containing ON hestr, masc. ‘horse’ as its first element.
Sources
Heast 1804 Heather
Heast 1820 Thomson
Heast / Allt na Heast 1882 OS 6 inch 1st edn.
Heast, Heasta, Heaste horse shaped isle. N hestr Forbes, 213
Heasta "horse farm, from Norse" Mac an Tàilleir
[hest] local source, Sgianaidean
[hest] Cox, local source
Heasta local informant
Additional infoWith a lack of early forms, it is diffcult to offer a robust derivation for this name. The neighbouring burn is called Allt na Heast.
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