Township: Balevullin

Map Reference: Balevullin C

Name Type: agricultural

Meaning: The croft of Macleod; or Galbraith; or Big Iain

Other Forms: Croit MhicLeòid

Croit Iain Mhòir - DK

Croit Galbraith - AMcD

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This croft was later subdivided and half of it became Croit a' Bhaile - AMcD.

Originally Croit MhicLeòid (the great great grandfather of Neil Carachan MacLeod), then taken from them and given to the Balevullin teacher James Galbraith - he says a relative of the Canadian economist JK Galbraith - and then passed to Iain Mhòr, when it was subdivided into Croit Iain Mhòir and Croit an Lochan Bhàin - DK.

Iain MacPhail, Crois, had this croft. He was unable to pay the rent and it was sub-divided and given to the Kennedys and the Camerons - Jean MacCallum, Balevullin, 6/2011.

Galbraith came to Balevullin school from Gigha in the 1860s. The factor gave the MacLeod's croft to him and the MacLeods in turn went to Carachan - Hector MacPhail, Ruaig, 1/1995.

Galbraith came from Gigha and had three children - Sarah (who married an engineer in Connel), Seonaid (the mother of her husband Aonghas Dhòmhnaill Peigi) and Mairi (the mother of Mrs Chicken) - Flora MacDonald, Kilkenneth, 11/1996.

Crofters gave Galbraith (the school teacher) every second stook as a payment for educating their children - Hugh MacLeod, Carachan, 5/1996.

Local Form:

Languages : Gaelic

Informants: Alasdair MacDonald, Druimasadh, 9/1994

Informant 2: Donald Kennedy (Dòmhnall Eachainn), Balevullin, 6/1994