Township: Baugh

Map Reference: Baugh 14

Name Type:

Meaning: Beveridge's Aybrich suggests a fricative terminal -g. He reconstructs the name as a 'bilingual compound meaning 'the east fort (ear-borg)' (Beveridge 1903, 112).
The specific is more likely to be ON eið 'isthmus, neck of land' (CV, 117). Eið is a relatively uncommon specific in Scotland, as in Aiths Hamar, Aiths Lee and Aithsetter in Shetland (SP); in Norway, as in Eidbakk (NG); and also in Iceland, as in Eiðsstaðir (SAM). This promontory would have been more prominent in medieval times when there was a large estuary at Baugh (see the 1654 Blaeu map). Today it is simply called ScG An Àirde 'the headland'. The generic is ON bryggja ‘landing place’: Eiðbryggja.
Baugh has three names in -bryggja, emphasising its importance as a 'port': Ìbrig, Eibrig and Dusbrig. This presumably was because the waterway ScG An Fhadhail 'the ford' was tidal and probably only navigable at high tide. Eibrig probably referenced either the inlet now known as ScG Am Port Mòr 'the large inlet', or ScG Port a' Bhàta 'the inlet of the boat', which was used as a harbour into the twentieth century.

Other Forms: Cnoc Eibrig - ONB p97, with Cnoc Eidhbric crossed out.

Cnoc a’ Bhàigh = Cnoc Eibrig Alasdair MacArthur, Balemartine, 1/2004

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Information:"A dol seachad air cnoc Eabraig" - Na Baird Thirisdeach, p166.
There was a quarry here operated by Carmichael's during WW2 to extract rock for the Reef road - Angus MacLean, Scarinish, 1/1994.

Carmicheal’s were the firm that quarried in Baugh during the war. It was said that they had cracked the doctor’s monument with their blasting. Iain Chaluim MacKinnnon, Kilmoluaig, unknown date.

There was a small hut on this hillock for the Home Guard lookout in WW2 - Archie Kennedy, Crossapol, 5/1999.

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Languages : Norse, Gaelic

Informants: Na Baird Thirisdeach, p166.

Informant 2: OS