Township: An Àird a Deas,Caolas

Map Reference: Ardeas 5

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Meaning: The jump of Big Hector

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West of Port na h-Aon Cloiche. Hector was being chased by a bull and he jumped this gully backwards - DK.

Eachann was a MacDonald from Croit a' Mheannain. One morning he saw a press gang coming from the Port Ban direction and Eachann and his two younger brothers, Neil and Iain, ran off towards the west. The press gang caught Neil and Iain and were closing in on Eachann when he came to this gully. Without hesitating he jumped over although it was a difficult feat as the ground slopes downwards before the gully of eight or nine feet. He turned to face his pursuers, daring them to jump after him. As the first one jumped Eachann hit him in the face and so he escaped. Neil and Iain never returned. He was also told a story about a bull jumping here, and he asked the old men why they were telling him this story rather than the one about the press gang. He was told it was better to forget these things. When he was young he had a huge Scout knife and used to go up and clean the two footprints and Donald Kennedy did the same. Now the spot is covered with heather - Angus MacLean, Scarinish, 2/1996 and 3/2010.

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Languages : Gaelic

Informants: Donald Kennedy, Port Ban, 5/1994

Informant 2: Angus MacLean, Scarinish, 2/1996 and 3/2010