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English nameBourblach
Gaelic nameBuarblach

Location and type of place name

LocationLochaber, Highland
Local authorityHighland ~ A’ Ghàidhealtachd
Parish post 1891
County post 1891
Topographical feature typeShore ~ Cladach
Post townMALLAIG
Postcode areaPH40
OS sheet number398
OS grid referenceNM672934
Type of namePlace ~ Àite


Element meaning
Element typecoast

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Further Information

Language notes
SourcesThere seem to be three instances of places with a similar or the same element:
Worblaich 1610 RMS viii no. 264
Worthblach 1610 RMS viii no. 344
terras de Worklach 1627 Retours (Inverness) no. 47
Worthblaich 1634 RMS ix no. 7
North Bethe 1667 RMS xi no. 1105
terras de Northblyth 1695 Retours (Inverness) no. 118
Barblach 1747-55 Roy
Borblach 1820 Thomson
Bourblach 1876 OS 6 inch 1st edn.
Additional infoMacDonald : [boo.rbloi:g]
Henderson 1915, 156: “BUARBLAIC (G. Buarblaig) is, perhaps, more difficult to account for than any other name in the district. The suggestion has been made that it might consist of three Norse words, borg + bol + vik, meaning fort-steading-bay.' This derivation seems, however, to be a trifle farfetched.”
Compare Bourblaige in Ardnamurchan (NM556615):
Bordblege 1610 RMS vii no. 272
Borbledge 1667 RMS xi no. 1105
terrarum de Borbledge 1684 Retours (Argyle) no. 93 (col 1)
Bourblaige 1723 Anatomie of the Parish and Barony of Ardnamoruchan and Swinard (From Sir Alexander Murray’s "The True Interest of Great Britain)
Borblack 1747-55 Roy
Borblaig 1820 Thomson
Borblaig 1840 MacCulloch
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