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English nameBalmaha
Gaelic nameBaile MoChatha

Location and type of place name

Local authorityWest Dunbartonshire ~ Siorrachd Dhùn Breatann an Iar
Parish post 1891
County post 1891Dunbartonshire ~ Siorrachd Dhùn Breatann
Topographical feature typeSettlement ~ Tuineachadh
Post townAlexandria, Arrochar
Postcode areaG83
OS sheet number
OS grid referenceNS425908
Type of namePlace ~ Àite


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Language notes 
SourcesbaləmaX-a’ə: Diack MS2276

Baile mo Cha: Newton

Cill Mo-Thatha is on Loch Awe in Argyll. Balmaha, with St. Maha’s well near it, is in Buchanan parish on Loch Lomond.: Watson 1926, 298

Though at first sight this looks like a name in Gaelic baile, the early forms (Balomohaw 1682, Ballamahow 1684, Ballomachau 1686, Ballomachaw 1686 etc.) make it almost certain that the generic element is Gaelic bealach ‘a pass’. This fits the situation of Balmaha precisely: it is at the south end of a dramatic pass (the Pass of Balmaha)
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