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Old 26 November 2001, 14:00   #21
Country: UK - Scotland
Town: Lochgilphead
Boat name: Rannsachair
Make: Shetland Alaska
Length: 5m +
Engine: Suzuki DF50 and F4
Join Date: Apr 2001
Posts: 44

I believe it is of the same Norse derivation, though if I refer to:

This dictionary was composed by Ewen MacEachen, a priest from Arisaig and noted Gaelic scholar. It was first published in 1842.

Rannsachair, -ean, m. a searcher.
Rannsaich, -te, -achadh, a.v. examine, search.
Rannsaiche, -ean, m. an examiner, a searcher.

And from An Stor-data Braithrachais Gaidhlig 1993:

Rannsachair: Explorer n. masc.

Given my Orcadian/border Scot/Argyll Gael ancestry - perhaps the Irish interpretation is more apt!

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