Notes on Gaelic Titles
Am Port Leathach Leacran C2; Leacran CK; Am Port Leathach / The Half Finished Piobaireachd KB. The half-tune. The term leacran has not been interpreted but presumably the first element is leth- ‘half’ and the second may be related to any of the many meanings of crann; or to cran, a term in Irish piping, or ‘crunluath’ spelled in various ways in Scottish sources. Cf. S. Donnelly, ‘Irish cranngal ‘cran’ – a piper’s technical term,’ Celtica 20 (1988), pp. 132-140; ‘Cranngha(i)l a sound effect in music,’ Celtica 22 (1991) pp. 16-171; C. Ó Baoill ‘Moving in Gaelic musical circles. The root lu- in music terminology,’ Scottish Gaelic Studies 19 (1999), pp 172-194. In such a word the ‘c’ would be lenited after leth, and if the word is a true compound, as Colin Campbell seems to imply, the accent would be on the first element, as for example in leth-chrun for the ‘half-crown’ coin, where the second element crùn is long when it stands alone for ‘crown’ but short when compounded in this way.