Township: Balephuil

Map Reference: Balephuil 3

Name Type: shore

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: Bee, 1541 ER xvii, 648
Bee, 1542 ER xvii, 527
Bee, Retours ARG i no. 82
Location unknown, but possibly Balephuil
Tràigh a’ Bhèidhe, 1878 OS 6inch 1st edition
Traigh-Bhi, Cameron 1932, 355
Trài’ Bhì, multiple oral sources

Tràigh a' Bhèidhe, ONB, p213, "Nourishing Beach."

Related Places:

Information:Na Baird Thirisdeach, ed. Rev Hector Cameron, An Comunn Thirisdeach, 1932, p 355: "Bhuail i air Traigh-Bhi againn"

The competition for seaweed on Tràigh Bhì was fierce in his father’s time. The grazing committee had to make a rule that no seaweed could be lifted before 9 am! John MacPhail, Balephuil, 11/2004.

Local Form:

Languages : Gaelic

Informants: OS

Informant 2: multiple

Informant 3: Niall M Brownlie, Bailtean is Ath Ghairmean, Argyll Publishing, 1995, p 152