Township: Balevullin

Map Reference: Balevullin 28

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Meaning: The lack of a Gaelic definite article (e.g. ScG Gàrradh na Grèine ‘the wall of the sun’) supports the reconstruction of this as an unqualified simplex Norse name. This could be from ON granni ‘neighbour’ (CV, 211). The Norwegian place-name Grendi ‘is derived from granne ‘a neighbour’ and is interpreted as a collection of farms located near each other’ (NS).
There is a Beul Gréin (Stahl 1999, 147), a Grean on Barra (Stahl 1999, 217); Gren, Greni, Grenne and Grenen occur as farm names in Norway (OR); while Grandi occurs twice and Grenjar is a farm name in Iceland (SAM).
See Grèineabhal

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Information:"There is one interesting place name on the Balevullin side of Ben Hough – Garradh-Grein.” - Handbook to the Islands of Coll and Tiree, Hector MacDougall and Rev. Hector Cameron, Archibald Sinclair, p95.

Lachie Cameron's croft - AMcD.

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Languages : Gaelic

Informants: Handbook to the Islands of Coll and Tiree, Hector MacDougall and Rev. Hector Cameron, Archibald Sinclair, p95.

Informant 2: Alasdair MacDonald, Druimasadh, Balevullin, 9/1994