Meadulse ABO CoO NT189830 1 394 0m

Madulce 1703 Adair/Sea-Coast (Forth)
Meadulse 1856 OS 6 inch 1st edn.

? + ? G duileasg or Sc or SSE dulse

According to OS Name Book 77, 13, ‘the name is derived from a description of the seaweed of that name growing on it. It is covered at full tide.’ SSE dulse, a form of edible seaweed, is a loan from G duileasg or W dylusg. This nourishing plant is still harvested in parts of the world with cold sea-coasts, as it has been in the British Isles for many centuries. A twelfth-century G poem written in the voice of St Columba describes the ideal life of the ascetic monk (Clancy 1998, 189):

A while cropping dulse from the rock,[40]

a while fishing,

a while giving food to the poor,

a while enclosed.

In the early eighth century the Gaelic Críth Gablach (p. 6) describes the diet of a man of a certain rank (bóaire) as including duilesc, cainnenn, salaind ‘dulse, garlic and salt’.

Despite the fact that it is nearer to DGY than ABO, it is here assigned to ABO since other nearby offshore islands such as Inchcolm and Car Craig belong to that parish.


This place-name appeared in printed volume 1