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English nameBracadale
Gaelic nameBracadal
Meaningspotted or speckled valley
Genitive formBhracadail

Location and type of place name

LocationSkye, Inner Hebrides
Local authorityHighland ~ A’ Ghàidhealtachd
Parish post 1891
County post 1891Inverness-shire ~ Siorrachd Inbhir Nis
Topographical feature type
Postcode areaIV56
OS sheet number410
OS grid referenceNG350385
Type of namePlace ~ Àite


Element meaningON brekka ~ spotted; dalr ~ valley
Element typetopography

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OS maps

Further Information

Language notesON nom. sg. adj. brekka 'spotted' + nom. sg. dalr, 'valley' masc. = 'spotted valley'
Brakadule 1498 RMS ii no. 2420
Braikodel 1541 RMS iii no. 2297
(loche) Vrakdill 1549 Description of the Western Isles
BRAKADEL 1654 Blaeu Map (Skye)
Bracadle 1804 Heather
Bracadal (pron. Breacadal) Dwelly 1912
Bràcadal Sorley MacLean's ‘An Cuilitheann’
N brekka 'spotted' + dalr Forbes 1923, 88
slope valley Mac an Tàilleir 2003
“Brácadal, N brekka-dalr,' the a being sporadically lengthened”: Henderson 1910, 187
Additional infoDwelly and Forbes suggest the form is Bracadal with reanalysis to Breacadal via G breac, 'speckled'.
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