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English nameHelmsdale
Gaelic nameBun Ilidh

Location and type of place name

LocationSutherland, Highland
Local authorityHighland ~ A’ Ghàidhealtachd
Parish post 1891
County post 1891Sutherland ~ Cataibh
Topographical feature typeSettlement ~ Tuineachadh
Postcode areaKW8
OS sheet number444
OS grid referenceND026152
Type of namePlace ~ Àite


Element meaningG bun, foot; ilidh obscure river-name element
Element type

External Resources

OS maps

Further Information

Language notes
Bun Iligh Robertson MS359a, 62
B.ilidh Robertson in Dwelly
Bun illigh (l soft) Watson notebook CW9, 45
Bun Ilidh Wentworth Faclan is Abairtean à Ros an Iar
Bun Hilidh Placenames from Dr James Grant’s lexicon for Taigh na Gaidhlig Mhealanais 2007
Additional infoHelmsdale River Path ~ Ceum Abhainn Ilidh
East Helmsdale ~ Bun Ilidh an Ear
Old Helmsdale ~ Seanbhaile Bhun Ilidh

West Helmsdale ~ Bun Ilidh an Iar
?Auchawill, Auchawall 1566 Sutherland Charters 103
Achu-adlaidh Robertson MS359a, 73

Forms for Auchvadlie Burn:
Auldadlie 1772 Kirks Survey, Wester Helmsdale
Alt-a-dalie 1855 Burnett (the burn itself is called Alt Gharstiemore)
Auchvadlie Burn 1871 OS 6 inch 1st edn

West Helmsdale seems to have been called Achadh Adlaidh. For reasons of transparency we have used Bun Ilidh an Iar.
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