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English nameBeinn Mheadhoin
Gaelic nameBeinn Meadhan

Location and type of place name

Local authorityHighland ~ A’ Ghàidhealtachd
Parish post 1891
County post 1891Inverness-shire ~ Siorrachd Inbhir Nis
Topographical feature typeMountain/Hill ~ Beinn/Cnoc
Post townAviemore
Postcode areaPH22
OS sheet number
OS grid referenceNJ024016
Type of namePlace ~ Àite


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Language notes 
SourcesBen na Main: various pre OS texts
Ping mein, mēin / Ben a Main Ping i mēn, also mēĭn: Diack MS2276
ben mae-in (middle hill). A. M. Alexander, Some Name-Pronunciations, Cairngorm Journal 1946, 269
Ben Main: A. Watson informants
Sabhalan Beinn Mheadhon: Seton Gordon and Watson correspondence

The forms, without a lenitied specific, and without any evidence of an initial article suggest this name is something other than meadhan. A. Watson gives other forms, all with an –m- rather than –bh-.

The same texts which give Ben na Main also give Ben na buird which is Beinn Bùird, so possibly this is Beinn Meadhan, ‘mid-mountain’ with meadhan acting as a noun rather than an adjective.
Additional infoMunro M013 1182m
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