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’ and Greek ουλη ‘scar’, 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.
Notes: Avulsion, 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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