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English nameEas Chia-aig
Gaelic nameEas Chia-Bhalg

Location and type of place name

Local authorityArgyll & Bute ~ Earra-Ghàidheal & Bòd
Parish post 1891
County post 1891Argyll & Bute ~ Earra-Ghàidheal & Bòd
Topographical feature typeRiver/Stream / Abhainn/Allt
Post townDalmally
Postcode areaPA33
OS sheet number
OS grid referenceNN1763388819
Type of namePlace ~ Àite


Element meaning 
Element type

External Resources

OS maps

Further Information

Language notes 
SourcesInvercawals 1544 RMS iii no. 3015
Invercavalk 1546 ER xviii appendix
Inverkaak 1552 RMS iv no. 704
Inverceach 1556 RMS iv no. 824
Invertoy Valge 1567 ER xix appendix
Inverloye-valagane 1574 RMS iv no. 2348
Innercoyvalge 1615 Retours (Inverness) no. 26
Invercroyvalg (vel Invercoyvalg) 1621 RMS viii no. 121
Innercoyvalge 1623 Retours (Inverness) no. 41
Innertoyvalg 1661 Retours (Inverness) no. 86
Invertoyvolg 1667 RMS xi no. 1105
Invertoybolg 1695 Retours (Inverness) no. 118
Invertoybolg 1695 Retours (Argyle) no. 93
Inverchtak 1789 Ainslie/Scotland
Eassnakahaig 1799 Nattes Drawings MS5206 f. 59
Eas/Drochaid Chia-aig 1874 OS 6 inch 1st edn.

Gleann Ciabhaig, ‘glen of the little lock of hair’: MacMillan 1971
Abhainn Chiabhaig MacMillan 1971, 276

G nom sg. eas, masc, ‘waterfall’ + cia-bhalg, hydronymic element from obscure element ? cia + balg, ‘bulge, belly’

The form represented as Ciabhaig is spelt in several ways on OS maps. The historical forms for present Inverchia-aig show the river name was once something like *cia + bhuilg. It seems likely that the final -aig is in error for -alg.
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