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English nameBallantrae
Gaelic nameBaile na Tràgha
Meaningtownship of the beach

Location and type of place name

LocationSouth Ayrshire
Local authoritySouth Ayrshire ~ Siorrachd Àir a Deas
Parish post 1891
County post 1891
Topographical feature typeSettlement ~ Tuineachadh
Post townGIRVAN
Postcode areaKA26
OS sheet number
OS grid referenceNX083825
Type of namePlace ~ Àite


Element meaningG baile ~ township; tràigh ~ beach
Element type

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Further Information

Language notes 
SourcesBalintre, in Jersh balana tray i.e. a town on ye shore 1699 David Parry MS. H. 4. 28
Ballantrae, on the Ayrshire Coast, is properly Baile-na-tragha, “the town on the beach.”: MacKinnon, Place-Names and Personal Names in ArgyllBail'-an-tràid: MacKinnon Celtic Revew 1910
Baile-na-tràigh: 1919? Cruinne-Eolas An Deo-Ghreine xiv
Ballantrae in Ayrshire represents Baile an Tràigh, ‘Township at the strand’. A, Martin, Place-names of Kintyre
Additional infoDavid Parry's form balana tray suggests Baile na Tràgha. Tràigh is an old neuter noun and as such is normally now feminine, but sometimes masculine.
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