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English nameKirkton (Kyle)
Gaelic nameAn Clachan
Meaningthe hamlet

Location and type of place name

LocationWester Ross, Highland
Local authorityHighland ~ A’ Ghàidhealtachd
Parish post 1891Kintail
County post 1891Inverness-shire ~ Siorrachd Inbhir Nis
Topographical feature typeSettlement ~ Tuineachadh
Post townKYLE
Postcode areaIV40
Relevant main roadsA87
OS sheet number413
OS grid referenceNG828274
Type of namePlace ~ Àite


Element meaningG clachan ~ hamlet, small village
Element typetopography

External Resources

OS mapsGazetteer for Scotland

Further Information

Language notesG nom. sg. masc. def. art. an + clachan, masc. nom. sg. ‘stone, graveyard’ here in the sense of small village = ‘the village/ hamlet’
Clachan 1820 Thomson
An Clachan Aillseach Dwelly 1912
an Clachan Aillseach Watson 1926 ,47
an Clachan Aillseach (?) Watson 1904, 122 & 189
the churchyard Mac an Tàilleir
An Clachan Aillseach previous signage

Balehegliss in Strathelovdale 1429-30 Caithness and Sutherland Records, 200
terras de Ballinheglis 1546 RMS iii, 3215
terris de Balnaheglis 1551 RSS iv, 1371 (near Skelpik and Hop)
Balnahegeis 1555 RSS iv, 3060
Balnahachleis 1565 RMS iv, 1635
Balnahagly c.1591 Pont map 2r
toun of Balinhagalis 1612 Sutherland Charters 124
Ballacheglis (vel Balnacheglis)1616 Retours (Sutherland) 4
Balna Haglise 1654 Blaeu map Strathnaver
Balnakeglas (vel Balnahegras)1681 Retours (Sutherland) 14
Kirktown 1820 Thomson

Allt na h-Eaglaise flows near this.

“G. Baile-na-h-eaglaise, was the most important township on the Halladale. There was a church here in Norse times - doubtless of Culdee origin. Here also was the consecrated burying-ground for the lower parts of the strath, and still used as such. The site of the church may yet be seen.” Gunn, Sutherland and Reay Country

Campbell, H.F. Caithness and Sutherland, 1920 207
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