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English nameHeaste
Gaelic nameHeasta
Meaning?horse farm
Genitive formHeast

Location and type of place name

LocationSkye, Inner Hebrides
Local authorityHighland ~ A’ Ghàidhealtachd
Parish post 1891Strath
County post 1891Inverness-shire ~ Siorrachd Inbhir Nis
Topographical feature typeSettlement ~ Tuineachadh
Postcode areaIV49
Relevant main roadsA87
OS sheet number412
OS grid referenceNG641174
Type of namePlace ~ Àite


Element meaningPossibly ON hestr ~ horse
Element typeagriculture, animal

External Resources

OS mapsGazetteer for Scotland

Further Information

Language notesPossibly containing ON hestr, masc. ‘horse’ as its first element.
Heast 1804 Heather
Heast 1820 Thomson
Heast / Allt na Heast 1882 OS 6 inch 1st edn.
Heast, Heasta, Heaste horse shaped isle. N hestr Forbes, 213
Heasta "horse farm, from Norse" Mac an Tàilleir
[hest] local source, Sgianaidean
[hest] Cox, local source
Heasta local informant
Additional infoWith a lack of early forms, it is diffcult to offer a robust derivation for this name. The neighbouring burn is called Allt na Heast.
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