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English nameBlackfold
Gaelic nameA' Bhuaile Dhubh
Meaningthe black cattle fold

Location and type of place name

LocationInverness area, Highland
Local authorityHighland ~ A’ Ghàidhealtachd
Parish post 1891Inverness & Bona
County post 1891Inverness-shire ~ Siorrachd Inbhir Nis
Topographical feature typeSettlement ~ Tuineachadh
Postcode areaIV5
Relevant main roadsA82
OS sheet number416
OS grid referenceNH588406
Type of namePlace ~ Àite


Element meaningG buaile ~ cattle fold; dubh ~ black
Element typeagriculturecolour

External Resources

OS mapsGazetteer for Scotland

Further Information

Language notesG gen. sg. fem. def. art. a’ (leniting) + lenited gen. sg. fem. of buaile + lenited adj. dubh fem, 'black'
SourcesAm Buaile Dubh Barron 2011 (2002), 385
Additional infoA local informant said that whilst he has not heard anyone say this, he has seen it written.
Various forms of this name are relatively common throughout Scotland, especially in the Western Isles. It should be stressed however, that there is no direct evidence for this name being applied to this site.
Roddy MacLean contacted a Gaelic-speaking inhabitant of Blackfold, but was unable to discover the original name.
The authenticity of Hugh Barron's form is not clear.
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