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English nameBalmacara
Gaelic nameBaile Mac Ara
Meaningthe farm of Ara's sons

Location and type of place name

LocationWester Ross, Highland
Local authorityHighland ~ A’ Ghàidhealtachd
Parish post 1891Lochalsh
County post 1891Inverness-shire ~ Siorrachd Inbhir Nis
Topographical feature typeSettlement ~ Tuineachadh
Post townKYLE
Postcode areaIV40
Relevant main roadsA87
OS sheet number428
OS grid referenceNG805283
Type of namePlace ~ Àite


Element meaningG baile ~ town; Mac Ara ~ patronymic
Element typepersontopography

External Resources

OS mapsGazetteer for Scotland

Further Information

Language notesG nom. sg. baile, masc. 'town' + gen. pl. of Mac Ara, masc. patronymic = 'the farm of Ara's sons'.
Sources [`bɑləmaʰk­arə]
Balla-maccarra 1554 RMS iv no. 969
Ballimaccroy 1548 RMS iv no. 204
Ballacarras 1681 RPS [1681/7/155]
Baile MacCarra Dwelly 1912
Baile mac Carra or Baile mac Ara Watson 1904, 185
Baile Mac Ara or Baile Mac Carra Mac an Tàilleir 2003
the farm of Ara's or Carra's son
Baile Mac Ara previous signage
Àrnasdal source
Additional infoMac not M(h)ic was confirmed by Àrnasdal source et al. It is not certain whether this represents a surname (MacAra) or a patronymic (Mac Ara). Since previous signage has Mac Ara, this has been chosen.
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