Township: Ruaig,Ruaig

Map Reference: Ruaig 72

Name Type: machair

Meaning: There is no documentary evidence, but the name survives strongly in oral tradition. The folk etymologies ScG Bo Dhuinn 'the yellow cow' and ScG Bha Uain 'was sheep' were suggested by two informants. This is speculatively derived from ON baugr 'the ring, circle painted on shield' with the post-positioned bound definite article > baugrinn.
There are four examples of the place-name Baugen in Norway (NG); Baugssta├░ir occurs three times as a farm name in Iceland (SAM).

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North of the road and west of the schoolhouse. The dune is no longer there - AMcL, LMcK.

They used to jump twenty feet off the top onto soft sand when he was at Ruaig school - AMcL.

An alternative location is suggested by Duncan Grant and Anneen Black, Ruaig - south of the road at the back of Carsamul House - DG, Alasdair MacInnes, Ruaig, 9/2014, Mairi MacLean, Ruaig, 9/2014, Ethel MacCallum, Ruaig, 9/2014

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Languages : Gaelic, Obscure

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

Informant 2: Lachie MacLean (Lachainn Sheumais), Vaul, 12/1993

Informant 3: Duncan Grant, Ruaig, 10/2011