Fàilte! (Welcome!)

Fàilte! (Welcome!)
This blog is the result of my ongoing research into the people, places and events that have shaped the Western Isles of Scotland and, in particular, the 'Siamese-twins' of Harris and Lewis.
My interest stems from the fact that my Grandfather was a Stornowegian and, until about four years ago, that was the sum total of my knowledge, both of him and of the land of his birth.
I cannot guarantee the accuracy of everything that I have written (not least because parts are, perhaps, pioneering) but I have done my best to check for any errors.
My family mainly lived along the shore of the Sound of Harris, from An-t-Ob and Srannda to Roghadal, but one family 'moved' to Direcleit in the Baighs...

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Wednesday, 31 March 2010

Placenames Collected by Iain Mac an Tailleir - Harris

Harris, Na Hearadh 'division' or 'portion'

In South Harris, the West side is known as a' Mhachair, "machair land",
contrasting with the East side which is na Bàigh, "bays".

The hilly area inland from the east coast is Bràigh nam Bàgh, "upland of the bays".

A Harris person is a Hearach or Tearach.

Ref: http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/vli/language/gaelic/pdfs/placenamesF-J.pdf

The full list is here:
There are 5 pdf links at the bottom of the page that can be downloaded and searched which is extremely useful!

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