Township: Balephuil

Map Reference: Balephuil 12

Name Type: hill

Meaning: The soldier's tower

Other Forms: Tùr Mhic Chaluim - MacCallum's tower

Tùr Nèill Eachainn - May Margaret MacDonald, Balephuil, 1/1996

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Information:"'S ruigeadh e Tur an t-Saighdeir" - Na Baird Thirisdeach, ed Rev Hector Cameron, An ComunnThirisdeach, 1932, p 359 "An Teid thu leam a Mhaggie Chaluim?"

It was named after a MacDonald from Balemartine, a soldier in the Peninsular War. He whitewashed it himself - JB.
The original was (re)built by 'An Saighdear', a MacLean from Croit an t-Saighdeir , and painted white as a fishing mark for the 'Falls'. The trig point was built over it - DMcC.

The stone acting as a fishing mark on top of Ben Hynish - Tùr an t-Saighdeir – used to be whitewashed. David McClounnan, Balephuil, 3/2007

It was knocked down to build an OS trig point - EK.

The trig point was built by Niall Eachainn from An Sliabh, Balephuil - DMcC.

Over 6000 concrete trig points were built in 1936 (OS website)

Local Form:

Languages : Gaelic

Informants: Eilidh Kennedy (Eilidh bheag), Balevullin, 2/1994

Informant 2: David McClounnan, Balephuil, 10/1994 and 2/1996

Informant 3: John Brown SA 1973/135