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English nameBalintore
Gaelic nameBaile an Todhair
Meaningthe town of the bleaching green

Location and type of place name

LocationEaster Ross, Highland
Local authorityHighland ~ A’ Ghàidhealtachd
Parish post 1891Fearn Parish
County post 1891Ross and Cromarty ~ Ros is Cromba
Old geographical areaRoss & Cromarty
Topographical feature typeSettlement ~ Tuineachadh
Post townTAIN
Postcode areaIV20
OS sheet number438
OS grid referenceNH865755
Type of namePlace ~ Àite


Element meaningbaile ~ town; todhar ~ bleaching-green
Element type

External Resources

OS maps

Further Information

Language notesG nom. sg. baile, masc. ‘town’ + gen. sg. masc. def. art. an + gen. sg. of todhar, masc. ‘bleaching green’ = ‘the town of the bleaching green’
Abbotsheaun, E. Balintoir c. 1590 Pont map 20
fishing town of Balintore 1791-1799 OSA (Fearn), 380
Balintore 1820 Thomson
Balintore 1880 OS 6 inch 1st edn.
G. bail’ an todhair, bleaching-town Watson 1904, 41
Baile an Todhair TSR
Baile an Todhair Mac an Tàilleir 2003
Additional info'The old name of Balintore is given locally as Port an Ab, Abbot’s Port, and Blaeu shows Abbotshaven here': Watson 1904, 41
The Pont / Gordon form is confusing. The current site is marked Abbotsheaun, whilst a settlement part of what is currently called the Mains of Tullich is marked E Balintore (i.e. East) which is west of current Balintore.
Applied to: Balintore Harbour ~ Cala Bhaile an Todhair
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