Township: Sandaig

Map Reference: Sandaig 89

Name Type: shore

Meaning: This may derive from ON balinn 'the soft grassy bank, especially if sloping down to the shore' (CV, 51) with the post-positioned bound definite article.
One alias appears to have been gaelicised as ScG poll 'pool' + ScG ballaire 'cormorant' (Dwelly), but ScG sgarbh 'cormorant' is the word used on Tiree (Boyd 2018).
There is a Geodh Bhallain on Islay (SP), and an Am Ballan on Islay, for which ON balinn has been suggested as a derivation (Macniven 2006, 358); Balen or Ballen occur twelve times in Norway (NG); while Bali occurs seven times as a farm name in Iceland (SAM).

Other Forms: Poll a' Bhallaire - MM . Dwelly gives ballaire meaning a cormorant.

Hugh MacLean, Barrapol, collected by Ailean Boyd gives Poll Mhalainn.

Poll Bhallain - Bailtean is Ath-Ghairmean, Niall M Brownlie, Argyll Publishing, 1995, p157, which he gives as Pool of the Tub.

Related Places:

Seals and fish shelter here in rough weather.

Local Form:

Languages : Gaelic, Obscure

Informants: Alasdair Sinclair, Greenhill, 11/1993

Informant 2: Mary MacArthur, Sandaig, 5/1994

Informant 3: Hugh MacLean, Barrapol, 11/1995