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English nameBalachuirn
Gaelic nameBaile a' Chùirn
Meaningthe town of the cairn

Location and type of place name

LocationRaasay, Inner Hebrides
Local authorityHighland ~ A’ Ghàidhealtachd
Parish post 1891Portree
County post 1891Inverness-shire ~ Siorrachd Inbhir Nis
Topographical feature typeSettlement ~ Tuineachadh
Post townKYLE
Postcode areaIV40
Relevant main roadsA87
OS sheet number410
OS grid referenceNG555406
Type of namePlace ~ Àite

Elements

Element meaningG baile ~ town; càrn ~ cairn, hill
Element type

External Resources

OS mapsGazetteer for Scotland
Pronunciation

Further Information

Language notesG nom. sg. baile, masc. 'town' + gen. sg. masc. def. art. a' (leniting) + lenited gen. sg. càrn, masc. 'cairn, hill' = 'the town of the cairn'
Sources
Balliechurne 1688 Retours (Inverness) no. 109
Balachuirn 1882 OS 6 inch 1st edn.
Bailechurn, baile and chùirn, genitive of carn Forbes, 290
Bhaile Chùirn Sorley Maclean, Hallaig
Baile a' Chùirn Mac an Tàilleir 2003
Additional infoNearby is Càrn Dearg, presumably the feature to which this name refers.
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