Township: Barrapol,Barrapol

Map Reference: Barrapol I

Name Type: agricultural

Meaning: MacNiven's land

Other Forms: Croit Iain Òig - HMcL.

Fearann Mhic Crithein - AS.

Archie BEA's

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Information:The factor in the 1850s was from Islay who brought a deputy, MacNiven, also from Islay. MacNiven was favoured because he had married the factor's maidservant who was also the factor's mistress. The factor made A' Chreag Ghlas into a croft and gave it to MacNiven and another croft too. To prevent a public outcry, the factor gave Barrapol township land where the Heylipol church stands and planted gorse bushes as boundary markers - Hugh MacLean, Barrapol, 3/1994.
John MacNiven was brought from Islay and given this croft by the factor along with two other crofts, it is said because the factor was having an affair with his wife - Neil Brownlie, 3/1995.

Local Form:

Languages : Gaelic

Informants: Alasdair Sinclair, Greenhill, 4/1994

Informant 2: Hugh MacLean, Barrapol, 3/1994

Informant 3: Hector MacKinnon (Eachann Chaluim), Barrapol, 6/1994