Township: Gott

Map Reference: Gott 23

Name Type: shore

Meaning: Mallachdaig, Brownlie 1995, 112: 'On the magnificent Tràigh Mhòr ('Big Beach') there is a small flat rock known as Mallachdaig ('Little Accursed One'). According to oral sources, St Columba – during a visit to Tiree – tied his coracle to a bunch of seaweed growing on this rock. On his return, he found the coracle adrift, the seaweed anchor having given way. So angry was the saint that he put a curse on the rock and ordained that nothing would ever grow on it. And bare it is to this day.' (See also MacDougall 1937, 120 and Severin 1978, 99)
Am Mallachdaig, Lachlan MacLean (Lachainn Sheumais), Vaul, 9/1994 (oral source)
Mollachdag, Archie MacKinnon, Gott, 5/2013 (oral source)

Gott | A beach skerry

Mollachd is the Tiree pronunciation of ScG mallachd 'cursed'. This is most likely to be a purely Gaelic name with the locational or diminutive suffix -ag.
There is a Sgeir Mollachdag on Barra, Canna and South Uist (Stahl 1999, 262). See Naomhaig as the other half of a contrasting pair.

Other Forms: Am Mallachdaig - LMcK

Mollachdag - ONB p157, with A' Mhallachag crossed out. Not on modern OS.

Mallachdaig - Handbook to the Islands of Coll and Tiree

Mollachdag - Archie MacKinnon, Gott, 5/2013

Related Places: Sgeir Naomhaig, Ruaig

Information:On the magnificent Traigh Mhòr ('Big Beach') there is a small flat rock known as Mallachdaig ('Little Accursed One'). According to oral sources, St Columba - during a visit to Tiree - tied his coracle to a bunch of seaweed growing on this rock. On his return, he found the coracle adrift, the seaweed anchor having given way. So angry was the saint that he put a curse on the rock and ordained that nothing would ever grow on it. And bare it is to this day. Bailtean is Ath-Ghairmean, Niall M Brownlie, Argyll Publishing, 1995, p112.
Mollachd is the Tiree pronounciation of Mallachd, meaning cursed.

Local Form:

Languages : Obscure

Informants: Handbook to the Islands of Coll and Tiree, Hector MacDougall and Rev. Hector Cameron, Archibald Sinclair, p120.

Informant 2: Lachlan MacLean (Lachainn Sheumais), Vaul, 9/1994

Informant 3: ONB