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English nameBalconie
Gaelic nameBailcnidh
Meaning?strong place

Location and type of place name

LocationEaster Ross, Highland
Local authorityHighland ~ A’ Ghàidhealtachd
Parish post 1891
County post 1891
Old geographical areaRoss & Cromarty
Topographical feature typeHeadland ~ Rubha
Post townDINGWALL
Postcode areaIV16
OS sheet number432
OS grid referenceNH624652
Type of namePlace ~ Àite

Elements

Element meaningbailc ~ strong
Element type

External Resources

OS maps
Pronunciation

Further Information

Language notesG ?bailc, 'adj. strong' + suffix -nidh
Sources
G Bailcnidh based on 'bailc' = strong Watson 1904, 87
bailc ’the welkin’ is from belker ’dull rainy sky’ Henderson 1910, 205
Bailcnidh ‘strong place’ Mac an Tàilleir 2003
Balkeny x2 1479 ER viii 261
Balconee 1479 ER viii 261
Balkny 1550 RMS iv no. 508
Balcony 1565 RMS iv no. 1618
Balcony 1587 RMS v no. 1331
Balcony 1591 RMS iv no. 1975 (footnote)
Balcony 1592 RPS [1592/4/210]
Balcony 1608 RMS v no. 2109
Balcony 1614 RMS vii no. 1115
Balconie 1623 Retours (Ross and Cromarty) no. 183 (supplementa)
Balconie 1624 RMS viii no. 562
Balcony 1631 RMS viii no. 1720
Balknie 1641 RPS [A1641/7/37]
Balkeny 1654 Blaeu Map (Moray)
Balcome (vel Balconie) 1677 Retours (Ross and Cromarty) no. 133
Balconie 1686 RPS [1686/4/74]
Balkny 1730 Wade’s Military Maps of Scotland
Upper Balcony 1791-1799 OSA (Kiltearn), 467
Balconie Point 1880 OS 6 inch 1st edn.
Additional infoPerhaps based on G adj. bailc, ‘strong’ + or G bailc, fem. ‘balk, ridge of earth’ Watson 1904, 87 says this is decisively Bailcnidh, although the local explanation is Baile Còmhnuidh, ‘dwelling place’
Applied to: Balconie Point ~ Rubha Bhailcnidh
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