Township: West Hynish

Map Reference: West Hynish 71

Name Type: well

Meaning: The well of the Virgin Mary - a pre-Reformation holy well - JH (i.e. older than the seventeenth century)

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Information:A boat came in (probably to Am Port Mòr) and asked a well-known local fisherman Neil Sinclair (Niall Òg from the Bail' Ur), where they could get some water. "Tobar Mhoire," Niall replied, teasing them. The sailors would have thought he meant Tobermory, on the Isle of Mull. The sailors had eight barrels to fill and looked doubhtfully at the little well. "If the water level goes down a quarter of an inch after you've filled one barrel, I'm a Dutchman," said Niall. They filled fourteen barrels - DMcC.

Compare: Tobar Choluim Chille, Ardchattan; Tobar na Trionaid, Western Isles (OS1/18/8/93)
The main well for the Bail' Ùr.

Local Form:

Languages : Gaelic

Informants: David McClounnan, Balephuil, 10/1996

Informant 2: Mor Campbell, Balemartine, 11/1993