Township: An Àird a Deas,Caolas

Map Reference: Ardeas a

Name Type: house

Meaning: Dwelly gives Àr as deadwood in the stern of a boat. There was a boat builder here.

Other Forms: Taigh Loch an Àir

Tobhta Eòghainn a' Ruaidh (MacArthur) - AMcL

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Hugh was a boatbuilder and had the gift of second sight. He was very slow building one boat and eventually Catriona (MacFadyen), his wife, asked him why it was taking so long. "The longer I take the better," he replied. One day a man from the west end was walking through Baugh and went past the house of Hugh Munn. Hugh asked the man why he was on the road so early, and the man replied he was on the way to Loch an Air to buy a boat. "Well, come in! My wife will give you some breakfast." While the stranger was eating, Hugh Munn hurrried off to Loch an Air himself and bought the boat. He used it to fish off Heanish for a while but the whole family moved to Salum. The next year, (October 1896) his two sons were out fishing in the boat and they both drowned. The boat workshop was behind the house and the hollow where he used to keep his boat in winter is to the east of the house. - AMcL.

The boat the Times was made by Hugh MacArthur, Loch an Àir , because it took so long to build. As she was finished he tapped her and said, “That boat will never do anyone any harm.” Duncan MacInnes, Ruaig, 8/2003.

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Languages : Gaelic

Informants: Angus MacLean, Scarinish, 2/1996 and 3/2010