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English nameBalmacqueen
Gaelic nameBaile Mac Cuithein
Meaningthe farm of Cuithein's sons

Location and type of place name

LocationSkye, Inner Hebrides
Local authorityHighland ~ A’ Ghàidhealtachd
Parish post 1891Kimuir
County post 1891Inverness-shire ~ Siorrachd Inbhir Nis
Topographical feature typeSettlement ~ Tuineachadh
Post townPORTREE
Postcode areaIV51
Relevant main roadsA855
OS sheet number408
OS grid referenceNG440747
Type of namePlace ~ Àite


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

External Resources

OS mapsGazetteer for Scotland

Further Information

Language notesG nom. sg. baile, masc. 'town' + gen. pl. Mac Cuithein, masc. patronymic = 'the farm of Cuithein's sons'
Balmakuyan 1654 Blaeu Map (Skye)
Balmacquien, Baile Mhic Cuithein Forbes 1923, 57
Baile MhicCuithein, MacQueen's farm Mac an Tàilleir 2003
Baile MacCuithein Local source, Sgianaidean
Additional infoInformants gave Mac as opposed to M(h)ic.
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