- ”Somehow connected with druidh, glossed ‘glice’, wise or clever, and ‘druineach’ in Irish means an embroideress. The exact significance of it in our placenames is far from clear.”
Martin Martin makes mention of little round houses in Skye, capable of containing only one person and called “Tey-nan-druinich” (i.e. an anglicised spelling of “Taigh nan Druinich”, house of the “Druineachs”). “Druineach” says Martin signifies a retired person, much given to contemplation. Comparisons perhaps can be drawn with the hermits of Tibet.
This article incorporates text from "Dwelly's [Scottish] Gaelic Dictionary" (1911). ((Druineach) with minor additions and corrections)
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