klax-un (like ch in loch)
(in Scotland or Northern Ireland) a small village or hamlet.
Late Middle English: from Scottish Gaelic and Irish clachán.
“It’s just hills and clachan that way.”
Originally: a bald head; a bald-headed person. In later use also: a pitiable, lowly, or foolish person; a shabby or unkempt person. Frequently used without article, as though a proper name.
Early 16th century; earliest use found in John Skelton (c1460–1529), poet. In some forms apparently partly from pilled + garlic and partly from peeled + garlic; in some forms apparently partly from pill + garlic and partly from peel + garlic.