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Mayon Cliff cairn[525 x 700 JPG]
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|Description ||The kist in the centre of the cairn on Mayon Cliff. Its southern (left) side is ruined. In this slightly sheltered spot the grass is able to grow a little bit longer than on the surrounding clifftop. The granite outcrop beyond is called Carn-men-ellas. I know that "Carn" means 'tor' or 'outcrop', "men" means stone. All I can find out about 'ellas" is that it is used to express dismay or despair, as in the English word 'alas'. I don't know if that's right in this context.|
| There is a similar Carnmenellis near Stithians. Must refer to something stony.|
| Maybe I'm in good company. On a webpage about Carnmenellis it says: "The name comes from the Cornish for a rocky hill 'Carn' plus an unknown word."|
| In my little dictionary it gives: Carn = 'pile of stones', Men = 'rock, stone', and no Ellas, but 'Elek' = 'projecting'. Could it be that, meaning the projecting headland? |
| With so many Cornish and Welsh names having the same roots, could the ending have anything to do with St Elli? After whom Llanelli is derived? |
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