I am not a gaelic speaker but might I suggest that the meaning is crooked (Cam) haven or port (Port). The aspirated form would be phuirt but I am sure the OS could have put it down as port! Does it look crooked? I have never looked at it closely. Hope this helps.
The boat-noost on Aird’s Bay; was it for a Lorne galley?
It is marked as ‘Cam Phort’ on the old 6 inch map and the 1974 1:10,000 map. Grid ref. is NM/9048 4447,
Dwelly’s dictionary gives ‘Cam’ as having various meanings including – as ‘Caim’ – a ‘loop, curve, circle, sanctuary, guard, imaginary circle described with a hand round himself by a person in fear, danger or distress.’ Seems suitable for a safe haven for a warship (or any boat I suppose), particularly because it is only accessible at high tide.
Phort I have not yet found.
If any member knows anything about this little harbour I would be most glad to hear from them. I am intending to mak a plan of it and eventually to publish something.
Euan MacKie, The Old Ferryhouse, Port Appin.
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