Township: Middleton

Map Reference: Middleton 300

Name Type: township

Meaning: Middletown, between Barrapol and Sandaig.

This is ScG Am Baile Meadhanach 'the middle township'. The English translation name Middleton probably appeared after the 'Glassary' iodine works was built here in 1863 by the chemist Edward Stanford, born on the south coast of England.

As a Gaelic coinage Am Baile Meadhanach is not uncommon, with Balmeanach in Mull, Skye and Ross-shire (SP). The name Middleton occurs frequently.

Other Forms: Balmeanach - The map MVLA INSVLA in the Atlas of Scotland, Atlas Novus, by Joan Blaeu, 1654. These maps were largely based on work by Timothy Pont who mapped Scotland between 1583 and 1596. NLS, 123.

Balimeanach - 1679, ICA Bundle 472/194.

Balimeanoch - Tiree Rental 1747.

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

Balemeanoch - List of Inhabitants of Tiree 1776

Ballimianach - Typed List of Inhabitants of Tyree and their Age in September 1779.
Taken from an unknown publication, 1998.201.1

Balemeanoch (1785) - Argyll Estate Instructions, ed. Eric Cregeen, Scottish History Society, 1964

ONB p. 191 gives Middleton.

The English form probably dates from the building of the Glassary seaweed factory.

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Languages : Gaelic, English

Informants: OS