Township: Kilmoluaig

Map Reference: Kilmoluaig 67

Name Type: shore

Meaning: 'The black shore'

"The dubh-chladach 'black shore', the shore below the line or roll of seaweed thrown up by the tide (ròlag ròid), is according to Highlands belief an asylum from all kinds of supernatural beings that haunt the night - fairies, ghosts or evil spirits. No being 'at all, at all' of the kind (seòrsa sam bith, sam bith) can go below the tide-mark. The confidence of the timorous in this place of refuge is confirmed by the assurance that they are not exposed to a similar danger from the sea. It is a saying: "Cha d'thig olc sam bith on fhairge [Evil comes not from the sea]". Black 2008, 272

Dubh Chladach floodmark Dictionary of the Gaelic Language, The Highland Society of Scotland 1828 Blackwood, Edinburgh

Sleat. "Dubh-chladach: there is a local superstition that below this is a safe haven against the pursuit of evil spirits" accessed 12 August 2017

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Languages : Gaelic

Informants: Archie MacKinnon, Cornaigmore and Iain Aonghais MacKinnon, Kilmoluaig, 8/1994 and 8/1995