Township: Balephetrish

Map Reference: Balephetrish 20

Name Type: shore

Meaning: There are at least two plausible reconstructions:
• ON út-hagi ‘out pasture, far from the farm’ (CV, 231), which is topographically appropriate and phonetically suitable. Uthageløkken is a farm name in Norway (OR); Úthagi is a settlement in Iceland The unqualified simplex name ON Vík ‘a small creek, inlet, bay’ (CV, 716) may have been a primary Scandinavian settlement on the north coast of the island, and the ‘bay’ in question a significant one, presumably Balephetrish Bay itself (John Baldwin, pers. comm.). There is a Uig on Coll, which Johnston puts forward as a primary settlement (Johnston 1991, 119), and Uig and Wick are common names on the west coast of Scotland with six examples on SP. Vik is a common place- name in Norway (NG) and is a farm name fifty five times in OR. Vík occurs eight times as a farm name in Iceland (SAM)

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


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Languages : Norse, Gaelic

Informants: Lachie MacKinnon, Hillcrest, 1990

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