Township: Balinoe

Map Reference: Balinoe 1

Name Type: watercourse

Meaning: Abhainn a' Ghoidein 'stream of the little withe' (Dwelly)

Other Forms: Abhainn a' Ghoidein - AK, MC

Allt a' Gheadain - Ordnance Survey Name Book Argyll/OS1/2/28/201, meaning "stream of the [undecipherable]." Dwelly gives geadan: 'a small tuft of hair'.

Related Places: Drochaid Chu-Dheis

Cladh Shorobaigh

Information:Parties of grave robbers came to Tiree to steal bodies. One such group left their boat at the mouth of Abhainn a’ Ghoidein. They were surprised in the graveyard by an islander who had to run away. He hid under Drochaid a’ Chluidh. Archie Kennedy, Crossapol, 1/1995; John George MacLean, Scarinish, 2/1995.

The grave robber was from Mull, a man called Iain Dubh nan Corp. He had been tipped off about a recent burial in Soroby graveyard and sailed accross to Tiree, beaching his boat here. He went accross the beach and they started digging the grave. They were seen by the grandfather of Anna Chiorstaidh Ghobhainn (Kennedy), Balinoe, and they tried to catch him to kill him. He escaped by clinging to the beams under the old wooden bridge at Balinoe. The pursuers looked on top of the bridge and under it but failed to see him. The Mull men then ran away. Lachie Campbell, Crossapol, 8/2012.

Body snatching was common before the Anatomy Act of 1832 and attracted a lesser sentence.

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Languages : Gaelic

Informants: Archie Kennedy, Crossapol, 12/1993

Informant 2: Mairi Campbell, Corrairigh, Cornaigbeg, 7/2009

Informant 3: OS