Township: Balephetrish

Map Reference: Balephetrish 13

Name Type: watercourse

Meaning: A loan word from ON gil ‘gully’ > ScG gil ‘watercourse on a mountain-side; rift’ (Dwelly), probably referring to the nearby coastline. Gil is found as a loan word on the west coast of Scotland, for example Mol na Gile in Lochs, Lewis (SP), and Taca na Gilean (Cox 2002b, 377 and 405); Gile is a common place-name in Norway, and there is a Gilen in Masfjorden, Norway (NG); Gilen is recorded as a farm name in OR; and Gil is a common farm name in Iceland (SAM).

Other Forms: Loch Nagilan - The Turnbull Map of Tiree 1768 and accompanying survey text.

Loch na Gile - ONB p125, "Loch of Whiteness," with Loch na Cille, "Loch of the Burying Ground" crossed out.

Loch na Gilean, or possibly Gillean - MMcK, DMcI

Not recorded but this could be a development of Loch na Cille, given the proximity of Cill Fhinnein and Airde Chircnis.

Related Places:

Information:Contains probable crannog - see Beveridge 1903, 115

See Canmore https://canmore.org.uk/site/21521/tiree-loch-na-gile

Local Form:

Languages : Gaelic, Obscure

Informants: Mairi MacKinnon, Parkhouse, 1/1994

Informant 2: Donald MacIntyre, Gott, 12/1995

Informant 3: OS 1878 and Turnbull 1768