Township: Balinoe

Map Reference: Balinoe k

Name Type: house

Meaning: House belonging to the big stonemason; or the house of Alasdair the son of James

Other Forms: Taigh Alasdair ’ic Sheumais - house belonging to Alastair, son of James

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Information:His grandfather was An Clachair Mòr, the big stonemason. He had worked on Iona Abbey, as did his father who was at sea from 1908 to 1924. An Clachair Mòr built all the houses in Brock, walking home to Balinoe with a 140 lb sack of flour on his back as payment. Taigh a’ Clachair Mhòir is in Balinoe with the big tree by the path that runs down to Soroby beach (now owned by Flora MacBain, his grand daughter). An Clachair Mòr’s wife came from Balinoe, from the tobhta west of Archie 'Bell’s, called Taigh Deòrsa Mòr (George Campbell). Alasdair MacArthur, Balemartine, 2/2007.
An Clachair Mòr, Alasdair MacArthur, was his grandfather - AMcA.

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Languages : Gaelic

Informants: Alasdair MacArthur (Alasdair Mòr), Balemartine, 1/1996