Township: Baugh

Map Reference: Baugh 25

Name Type: watercourse

Meaning: The ford

Other Forms: Skyr na Veuillen Fouyl - Atlas Novus Joan Blaeu 1654 based on work by Timothy Pont who mapped Scotland between 1583 and 1596. From Illustrated Maps of Scotland Jeffrey Stone, Studio Editions, 1991.

Phuil River - The Turnbull Map of Tiree 1768 and accompanying survey text.

An Fhaodhail - OS

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Information:Divides Tiree into An Sgireach Ear and An Sgireach Iar [the west and east districts] - SA 1971/99/A18.

On the east side of Reef there is a small inlet called the ford, or in Gaelic “foadhail”. A small, sluggish rivulet, having its origins in a marsh a mile and a half inland, and forming the eastern boundary of Reef, runs into this inlet and constitutes the two divisions of this island called the east and west end. Spring tides often render the passage across the ford impractible at the usual place and a small stone bridge has been built half a mile further up for the convenience of travellers. The tide, when swollen and agitated by winter storms, has sometimes, though very rarely, been known to rise so high and run so far into the land that the sea from the south and north has nearly met and thus almost separated the island into two. The division on the west side of the ford is the most considerable and contains at least two thirds of the whole population. NSA, 1845, p 196.
The old ford used to be behind it. When An Fhadhail was dredged by a JCB they found a hard bottom and two iron gates - Angus MacLean, Scarinish, 1/1994.

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Languages : Gaelic

Informants: OS