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  • proper n. A male given name, always rare, best known in Scotland.


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Anglicized from Scots Gaelic Torcall, from Old Norse Þorkell, from older Þorketill, from Þórr "Thor" + ketill "(sacrificial) cauldron".


  • Stewart, George, midshipman on the _Bounty_ ( "Torquil" of _The Island_), v. 583, 584; short account of, _v.

    The Works of Lord Byron, Vol. 7. Poetry

  • Tahiti (September 20), where sixteen of the mutineers, including the midshipman George Stewart (the "Torquil" of _The Island_), were put on shore.

    The Works of Lord Byron. Vol. 5 Poetry

  • "Dead hearts are everywhere," Millan and fellow Stars vocalist Torquil Campbell purr together atop piano and arpeggiated guitar chords in the album's opener ( "Dead Hearts").

    Kristi York Wooten: Fixed on Stars' Paradoxical Pop

  • I dig the styling of Torquil Harkness's homebrew laptop PC.

    Boing Boing

  • It was lucky for Eachin that Torquil was incapable, from the formation of his own temper, and that of those with whom he had lived, to conceive the idea of one of his own tribe, much less of his chief and foster son, being deficient in animal courage.

    The Fair Maid of Perth

  • “And for what were they born, save to die for their chief?” said Torquil, composedly.

    The Fair Maid of Perth

  • It was as if a wolf from the skirts of Farragon had said, ‘Give me thy child in wedlock, Torquil.’

    The Fair Maid of Perth

  • Torquil, in particular, kept close behind, for the purpose of covering him.

    The Fair Maid of Perth

  • The guests took the places assigned them by Torquil of the Oak, who, acting as marischal taeh, i.e. sewer of the mess, touched with a white wand, without speaking a word, the place where each was to sit.

    The Fair Maid of Perth

  • His sword was bloody, his bearing bold and warlike; and he smiled when old Torquil, folding him in his arms, loaded him with praises and with blessings.

    The Fair Maid of Perth


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