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English namePortvasgo
Gaelic namePort Bhaisgeo

Location and type of place name

Local authorityHighland ~ A’ Ghàidhealtachd
Parish post 1891
County post 1891Sutherland ~ Cataibh
Topographical feature type
OS sheet number
OS grid referenceNC585648
Type of namePlace ~ Àite


Element meaning 
Element type

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Further Information

Language notes 
Baes-gho c. 1591 Pont map 2r
Baes-gho 1654 Blaeu Map Strathnaver
Port Easka 1747-55 Roy
Port Vascaig 1820 Thomson
Port-vaskaig 1832 Burnett

“Port vasgo G., Port-an-fhasgaidh, the port of shelter, which it naturally is, from the prevailing N.w. winds and storms.” MacKay 1891, 121.
“Port Vasco. On the ordinance survey maps it is etymologised into G. port an fhasgaidh, port of shelter.
The word is more probably Norse, the final goe, creek, proving its Norse origin.” Gunn, Sutherland and Reay Country

Port Vasgo hvass-gjá: Watson 2002 (1906), 62
Am Port OR Port Bhaisgea: Seumas Grannd 2007

Described by RCAHMS as: A rift, possibly artificially widened and straightened, in the rocky shore, with a crab winch for hauling boats.
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