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    Feal ...

    Hi,

    Can anybody tell me what the word "feal" means? Owing to the "thatch" it is quite clear to me it is a kind of roofing but the only thing I have found in search of the meaning of the word is it means "loyal" ...

    "... Here I found in two feal-thatched skeoes (or
    sheds), which crouched beneath the shelter of a far over-hanging hill, five or
    six poor peasant-seamen, whose livelihood no doubt consisted in periodically
    trading for the necessaries of the great house on the east."

    M.P.Shiel, Vaila, 1896


    Thanks a lot

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    Re: Feal ...

    Feal is apparently turf. Google feal and divot for more information.

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    Re: Feal ...

    Yes.

    Turves are a traditional roofing material in the Faroe Islands and Iceland, and it also seems from this work, in Shetland. They provide weather protection and insulation.

    http://tinyurl.com/pzn5q8o
    Last edited by Eckaslike; 31-Jul-2015 at 20:57.

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