Township: Balemartine

Map Reference: Balemartine 300

Name Type: township

Meaning: Martin's town/village

Other Forms: Balmartin - 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.

Balimartein - ICA Bundle 472/194.

Balemartine - Tiree Rental 1747.

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

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

Balemartin (1771) - Argyll Estate Instructions, ed. Eric Cregeen, Scottish History Society, 1964




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Information:Extracts from 'The Gaelic Otherworld' by John Gregorson Campbell, Edited with commentary by Ronald Black, (Edinburgh; Birlinn, 2005), p44:

A man in Balemartine on the south side of Tiree (air an leige deas) whose wife had died in childbed was sitting one night soon after with a bunch of keys in his hands. He saw his wife passing and repassing him several times. The following night she came to him in his dreams, and reproached him for not having thrown the bunch of keys at her, or between her and the door, to keep the keep the fairies from taking her back with them. He asked her to come another night, but she said she could not, as the company she was with was removing that night to another brugh far away.

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A ball of hair (gaoisid) called a ronag, was put in the milk-pail on Lammas day (or on the Thursday after) to keep its substance in the milk during the rest of the year. MacSymon (Mac Shìomain, a sept of MacArthurs), a native of Balemartin, Tiree, was much resorted to in former times for these constitution balls. On Lammas day (Lùnastal) he gave all who came to him a little bag of plants, sewn up, to be placed in the cream jug (crogan uachdair) for the ensuing year, that the cattle and the milk might retain their virtue or substance (toradh).
Taigh Mhartainn [possibly the original Martin after whom Balemartine named - JH] was not the house directly east of the house Vindy MacKay lived in, but the next one east again, on the shore. He died from a broken heart on the same day as his wife, and had previously seen two coffins leaving the house [he may have had second sight] David McClounnan, 2/2002.

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Languages : Gaelic