Township: Gott

Map Reference: Gott 23

Name Type: shore

Meaning: 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 reciprocating 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