Township: Gott

Map Reference: Gott 23

Name Type: shore

Meaning: See Mollachdag in Longships on the Sand.

Other Forms:

Related Places: Sgeir Naomhaig, Ruaig

Information:On the magnificent Traigh Mhòr ('Big Beach') there is a small flat rock known as Mallachdaig ('Little Accursed One'). According to oral sources, St Columba - during a visit to Tiree - tied his coracle to a bunch of seaweed growing on this rock. On his return, he found the coracle adrift, the seaweed anchor having given way. So angry was the saint that he put a curse on the rock and ordained that nothing would ever grow on it. And bare it is to this day. Bailtean is Ath-Ghairmean, Niall M Brownlie, Argyll Publishing, 1995, p112.
Mollachd is the Tiree pronounciation of Mallachd, meaning cursed.

Local Form:

Languages : Obscure

Informants: Handbook to the Islands of Coll and Tiree, Hector MacDougall and Rev. Hector Cameron, Archibald Sinclair, p120.

Informant 2: Lachlan MacLean (Lachainn Sheumais), Vaul, 9/1994

Informant 3: ONB