Ουολσας κολπος

Attested:  Ptolemy 2,3,1  Ουολσας (or Ουολας) κολπος

Where:  An inlet in NW Scotland for which Marx (2013) suggested Loch Broom, around NB9800.

Name Origin:  Latin vulsus, past participle of vello ‘to tear, to torment’, from PIE *wel- ‘to harm’, seems a more likely parallel than the word *wal- ‘foreigner’ that shows up in Volsci, Welsh, Walloon, etc.  There appears to be no viable Celtic parallel.

NotesAvulsion, revulsion, or convulsion might apply to many parts of northwest Scotland, among which the relatively sheltered Loch Broom does not seem particularly high.

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Last Edited: 11 August 2016