Township: Ruaig,Ruaig

Map Reference: Ruaig 69

Name Type: machair

Meaning: Hillock of the bags
The lack of source forms makes this name difficult to reconstruct safely. The folk etymology of the name ‘Sackhill’ is that potato bags were hung out to dry on a fence here, or that wool sacks were gathered after shearing at the fank (Duncan Grant, Ruaig, 11/2015). Baggs was collected by the eminent local scholar Rev Hector Cameron in the 1930s, but the name was not recognised by Angus Maclean, another knowledgeable local informant, who was born in the 1920s, or by Duncan Grant, who went to school here in the 1940s. If this name has a Norse root it is ON bakki ‘eminence, ridge, slope’.
Bakke is found in Norway (NS); Bakki is one of the commonest farm names in Iceland (SAM). This derivation is topographically plausible, but the plural article suggests a Scots formation, and the lack of any oral sources makes a Norse reconstruction very unlikely.

Other Forms: Bags, Baggs or Bagaidhean - unknown meaning - Handbook to the Islands of Coll and Tiree, Hector MacDougall and Rev. Hector Cameron, Archibald Sinclair, p126.

Never heard of Baggs - AMcL

Cnoc nam Bagaichean - AMcL, MMcI

Sackhill - multiple

Related Places:

They used to plant potatoes north of the house and the bags were put on this hillock - MMcI.

Sackhill, Cnoc nam Bagaichean, was so-called because they used to plant potatoes north of the house, towards the fang, and used to dry the hessian potato bags on the fences. Margaret MacInnes, 10/2008.

Local Form:

Languages : Gaelic

Informants: Angus MacLean, Scarinish, 12/1995

Informant 2: Margaret MacInnes, Sackhill, 2/1994