Township: Balephetrish

Map Reference: Balephetrish 20

Name Type: shore

Meaning: This was a medieval settlement in ScG baile. The specific may be an ex nomine onomastic unit derived from ON út-hagi 'out pasture, far from the farm' (CV, 231). This suits both the topography and the phonetic development.
Uthageløkken is a farm name in Norway (OR); Úthagi is a settlement in Iceland.

Other Forms: Baluaig - Tiree Rental 1747.

Related Places:

Information:The Gaelic Otherworld, ed Ronald Black, p76.
There is natural recess in the rocks of the shore at Baluaig in Tiree to which tradition has given the name of the Bed of the Fairy Dog. It is not far from Crogan beach, already mentioned as a place where the Fairy dog was heard, and opposite the Gràdor, a low-water rock over which the sea breaks with terrible violence in stormy weather. The loneliness and wildness of the spot might well cause it to be associated with tales of superstition.

Footnote 244: The place is at the east end of Balephetrish Bay.

Describes a large area of land to the east of Balephetrish Hill, behind Cill Fhinnein, and on both sides of the Èirneal road - AJMacL


Local Form:

Languages : Norse, Gaelic

Informants: Lachie MacKinnon, Hillcrest, 1990

Informant 2: Archie John MacLean, Heylipol, 1/2019