Township: Baugh

Map Reference: Baugh 36

Name Type: bridge

Meaning: The bridge of the ford

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Information:On the east side of Reef there is a small inlet called the ford, or in Gaelic “foadhail”. A small, sluggish rivulet, having its origins in a marsh a mile and a half inland, and forming the eastern boundary of Reef, runs into this inlet and constitutes the two divisions of this island called the east and west end. Spring tides often render the passage across the ford impractible at the usual place and a small stone bridge has been built half a mile further up for the convenience of travellers. The tide, when swollen and agitated by winter storms, has sometimes, though very rarely, been known to rise so high and run so far into the land that the sea from the south and north has nearly met and thus almost separated the island into two. The division on the west side of the ford is the most considerable and contains at least two thirds of the whole population. NSA, 1845, p 196.
The old bridge of Baugh at the house of the shepherd.

Built about 1810 - Angus MacLean, Scarinish, 1/1994.

He was born in 1921. He remembers going by horse and cart from Barrapol to Caolas to see relations [i.e. about 1927]. They crossed the old bridge at Baugh (Drochaid an Fhadhalach), went across the sliabh at the back of Heanish, over Sithean Beinn Ghott and down onto Gott Bay. They did not go through Scarinish. Willie MacLean, Balinoe, 1/2009.

"Chaidh e seachad air drochaid an Fhadhail, a cheart cho luath ri duine le each-sìth." HK.

Chaidh e thar drochaid na Fao'lach - Na Baird Thirisdeach, p166.

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Languages : Gaelic

Informants: Na Baird Thirisdeach, p166.

Informant 2: Hector Kennedy, Heylipol, SA 1973/134.