Township: An Àird a Tuath,Caolas

Map Reference: Aird a Tuath b

Name Type: house

Meaning: House of the blacksmith

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Related Places: See Taigh Neill Bhain, Cornaigbeg.

Niall Bàn was a blacksmith and had come originally from Croit Ronnie in Cornaigbeg. He had a smithy just to the south of his house. There was competition from a number of other smithies in the area and he moved to Caolas. Calum a' Ghobhainn in Caolas was Calum Alasdair Nèill Bhàin. Niall was the great grandfather of Willie MacIntosh. Niall's sister, Mairi MacDonald wove tartan designed by Mairi Uisdein from Balemartine who is mentioned in Na Bàird Thirisdeach. Niall was followed into the house by his nephew Tearlach Bàn who moved there from Corrairigh in Cornaigbeg who maried Floraidh Lachainn. His son, Eachann Thearlaich Eachainn was Hector's grandfather- HMcP.

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Languages : Gaelic

Informants: Willie MacIntosh, Caolas, 2/1994