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English nameKingsburgh
Gaelic nameCinnseaborgh
Meaningfort of the bow

Location and type of place name

LocationSkye, Inner Hebrides
Local authorityHighland ~ A’ Ghàidhealtachd
Parish post 1891Snizort
County post 1891Inverness-shire ~ Siorrachd Inbhir Nis
Topographical feature typeSettlement ~ Tuineachadh
Post townPORTREE
Postcode areaIV51
Relevant main roadsA87
OS sheet number408
OS grid referenceNG392554
Type of namePlace ~ Àite

Elements

Element meaningpossibly ON kinnungr ~ bow (of a ship); ON borg ~ fort
Element typefortificationlaw

External Resources

OS mapsGazetteer for Scotland
Pronunciation

Further Information

Language notesPossibly ON kinnungs-borg: ON gen. sg. of kinnungr, masc. ‘bow (of a ship)’ + ON nom. sg. borg, fem. ‘fort’ = ‘fort of the bow’.
Sources
Keysbourg, Kysburg 1644 Pont text 141r
Kysburg 1654 1654 Blaeu map (Skye)
Kings-borough 1776 Mackenzie: North part
Kingsborough 1804 Heather
Kingsburgh 1820 Thomson
Cinnse-burg Dwelly 1912
C(h)innseaborg Mackenzie, 96
Cinnseburg, Cinsburg toll town (cis tax) Forbes, 228
Cinnseborg or Cinnseaborg: may be “king’s castle” from Norse Mac an Tàilleir
['kʲʰiʃ:əˌbʌrə] local source, Sgianaidean
['kʲʰiʃ:əˌbʌrə] local source, Sòdhaigh
Cinnseaborgh ['kʲʰĩ:ʃəˌbɔr̀ɔɣ] Cox, local source
Additional infoForbes believed that ‘King’ was a later interpretation, and the Pont forms support this. We are grateful to Dr. Richard Cox for the suggestion of ON kinnungr.
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