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English nameBighouse
Gaelic nameTòrr Bhiogais

Location and type of place name

Local authorityHighland ~ A’ Ghàidhealtachd
Parish post 1891
County post 1891Caithness ~ Gallaibh
Topographical feature type
OS sheet number
OS grid referenceNC893648
Type of namePlace ~ Àite


Element meaning 
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Language notes 
terris de Beghous 1626 Retours (Caithness) 15
Torr or Bighouse 1820 Thomson
Tor or Bighouse 1820 Forbes

“Bighouse. Gaelic an Torr, Norse big hus. There are two places of this name on the strath; and they are interesting as showing the part which the sinking of the accent plays in Gaelic phonetics. In the case of upper Big-house, the first syllable is accented, and with the accent thus sunk upon it, it ceases to be used as a compound word, and appears on the map as Begas - Its origin forgotten, it is used as a Gaelic word. But the lower Bighouse still remains a compound word, and it is never called Bighouse in Gaelic, but an Torr, the heap or fortified place, where of old a castle stood to defend the entrance to the bay. “Gunn, Sutherland and Reay Country
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