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English nameBlain
Gaelic nameBlàthan

Location and type of place name

LocationLochaber, Highland
Local authorityHighland ~ A’ Ghàidhealtachd
Parish post 1891
County post 1891
Topographical feature typeSettlement ~ Tuineachadh
Postcode areaPH36
OS sheet number390
OS grid referenceNM674692
Type of namePlace ~ Àite


Element meaning
Element typewater

External Resources

OS maps

Further Information

Language notes
Blyng 1534 Argyle Inventory (from OPS II, 202)
Blaan 1747-55 Roy
Blain 1820 Thomson
Blain 1912 Bartholomew Atlas
Loch Blain:
L. Blain 1912 Bartholomew
Blàthan TM
Additional infoSee Watson 1926, 164-5, 273 for this saint's name. At the other end of Loch Shiel is Camas Bhlathain (see Watson, 273). Informant TM believed this to be Blàthan, 'small flower'. Neither this, nor the saint's name are very satisfying without a generic element.
Also applied to Loch Blain ~ Loch Bhlàthain (NM673706)
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