Township: Balephuil

Map Reference: Balephuil 2

Name Type: watercourse

Meaning: This is likely to be an unqualified simplex name derived from ON býr ‘farmstead’. Cameron derived this name from the Celtic saint Do-Bhi (see Johnston 1991, 94) (see Baile Mhic Eotha above).
There is a Loch Bee on South Uist; ‘in Shetland býr occurs eight times as a simplex’ (Sigmundsson, in Gammeltoft et al., 2005, 213); By is recorded twenty times as a farm name in Norway (OR); and Bær occurs nineteen times as a farm name in Iceland (SAM).

Other Forms: Abhuinn a’ Bhèidhe, 1878 OS 6inch 1st edition
Abhainn Bhì, multiple oral sources

Abhuinn a' Bhèidhe - ONB, p213 "The Nourishing River"

Related Places: Keand-dauar on the Pont map of 1662 comes from Ceann dobhair, Handbook to the Islands of Coll and Tiree, Hector MacDougall and Rev. Hector Cameron, Archibald Sinclair, p.104.

Information:The Tiree Baptist church used to perform baptisms here until the channel was cleared out - Jean MacPhail, Balephuil, 9/1994

When the Baptists did their baptisms at the Amhainn Bhi they ”chur stad air an uisge” by damming up the stream before hand to get enough water to totally immerse someone. John Brown from the Sliabh, Balephuil, was baptised and got on his bicycle and cycled home soaking wet. Mairi Campbell, Corrairigh, 7/2008



Local Form:

Languages : Gaelic

Informants: multiple

Informant 2: OS