Township: Balinoe

Map Reference: Balinoe d

Name Type: house

Meaning: The house or ruin of Murdoch the blacksmith

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Information:Buachaillle: herdsboys in Balinoe that he remembers were Walter MacKinnon, Donald Campbell and Archie Kennnedy from Crossapol. They were paid £10 for the season. In bad weather they would shelter in Taigh Mhurchaidh a’ Ghobhainn on the Hynish side of the Henderson’s house in lower Balinoe. One of their jobs was to keep the cattle on the common grazing on the sliabh and bring them down again to the crofts to be milked in the evening. On a warm summer’s afternoon himself and Donald Campbell (and the dog!) all fell asleep in the sun by the wall at MacArthur’s shop in Balinoe. The cattle walked right past them all at 3pm and reached home too early. Kate Campbell was furious with them. At that time Kate MacDonald from Skipnish had just graduated from Glasgow University. The next day Alasdair had gone to the MacArthur’s shop with some eggs to pay for the groceries. While the shopkeeper Malcolm MacArthur was through in the back, packing away the eggs, he heard him say “Archie and Donald were given a first class honours degree in buachailleachd by Kate Campbell yesterday!” “They were witty, the old people!” Alasdair Sinclair, Balinoe, 12/08
Murchadh was the brother of Ciorstaidh Ghobhainn - MC.

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Languages : Gaelic

Informants: Alasdair Sinclair, Balinoe, 12/2008

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