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Index of Islay, Scotland Placenames

by

Bob McQueen

bmcqueen@waikato.ac.nz

This list contains the names of about 460 farms and settlements on Islay, Scotland, including names used from 1750 to the present. It does not contain the names of rivers, lakes or other physical features. The intent is to assist in tracking of genealogical research for ancestors that emigrated from Islay in the 1800s, when the name of farm or settlement was commonly used on tenant records, and birth, christening and marriage records. However, a variety of spellings were often used for the same location, so this list contains as many of the versions of the names used as possible, referenced to the names that appear on modern maps.

Notes

1.  NR references are to the British Ordnance Survey Landranger (sheet 60 Islay) and Pathfinder (sheets 397, 398, 410, 411, 424, 425, 439) series of maps. NR refers to the major grid square ID, the first three digits represent the vertical grid line reference number, and the second three digits represent the horizontal grid line reference number.  Each units digit in the three digit grid reference represents 1/10 km, so the distance between references can be roughly calculated by subtracting without having a map.  Maps can be ordered from www.elstead.co.uk, and the cost is about five pounds each - credit cards accepted.  (You can also order maps from www.davidmorgan.com in the USA)  You need only one Landranger map (1:50000) or all seven of the Pathfinder series (1:25000) to cover the whole of Islay.

2.  The name spelling that is taken as “standard” is the spelling that appears on these maps.  Other spellings from the map of early farms and tenant lists are given with a reference to the standard spelling entry, which has the grid reference.

3.  Versions of the names of the farms have been taken from the map by surveyor Stephen McDougall (data from 1749-51, printed 1848) which indicated main house locations.  This map was subsequently redrawn (with clearer names but without house locations) and an electronic version is available named “bigislay.jpg”.  The indications of the building locations on the early map have been correlated with the locations given on the modern maps for present day farm buildings and in some cases old stone walls, and these have been used to derive the grid references.  These names are indicated in the list with a “m” in column 3.

4.  In many cases, the variations of the name can be easily worked out as phonetic equivalents.  However, in a few cases, similar looking names represent quite separate locations (Kilkolumkill and Killcolumkill).

5.  The letter in the third column indicates the source of the placename spelling - m is from the McDougall map, bb is from the 1828 blackbook tenant list transcription by Toni Sinclair.  No entry in this column indicates a placename taken from the Landranger and Pathfinder maps.  Unresolved locations, mainly from the blackbook entries, are indicated with a “?”.

6.  Corrections and additions most welcome!  Updated versions of this file can be downloaded from www.mngt.waikato.ac.nz/bmcqueen/webdocs/islay/

Version 1, September 20, 2000

Airigh Ghuaidre

NR 398628

 

Airighnambeist

NR418474

 

Alabus

see Eallabus

m

Alelay

NR423567

m

Almond

NR220550

m

Ancladach

NR440623

 

Aoradh

NR276672

 

Archalloch

NR185555

m

Ardbeg

NR416464

m

Ardeenesell

see Laphroiag

m

Ardelister

see Ardilistry

bb

Ardelistor

see Ardilistry

m

Ardilistry

NR442490

 

Ardimersay

NR435466

m

Ardinisdale

see Laphroaig

m

Ardlarach

NR294586

 

Ardlorauch

See Ardlarach

m

Ardmenoch

NR469508

m

Ardmore

NR466505

m

Ardnahoe

NR424718

 

Ardnave

NR282731

 

Ardneave

see Ardnave

m

Ardnohow

see Ardnahoe

m

Ardochy

NR404636

m

Ardruah

see ?

bb

Ardtallah

NR466545

 

Arduahow

see ?

bb

Areguirie

see Airigh Ghuaidre

 

Arinobiast

see Airighnambeist

 

Ariquary

see Airigh Ghuaidre

m

Arivoichallum

NR348500

 

Artala

see Ardtallah

m

Arvolcalum

see Arivoichallum

m

Aryghuary

see Airigh Ghuaidre

 

Aryghuary

see Airigh Ghuaidre

bb

Aryveg (?)

see ?

bb

Assibus

see Risabus

m

Auchnacarnan

see ?

bb

Auchnaclach

NR398677

bb

Avinlussa

NR351582

m

Avinogy

see Avinvogie

m

Avinvogie

NR360564

 

Bachvarnach

NR634635

m

Bailetharbhach

NR363674

 

Baleachdrach

NR424652

 

Balierauch

see Baleachdrach

m

Ballachlaven

NR372675

 

Ballighillan

NR406968

 

Ballighillin

see Ballighillan

m

Balligrant

see Ballygrant

bb

Balliharry

see ?

bb

Ballimartin

see Ballymartin

bb

Ballimony

NR196550

 

Ballinaby

NR221670

 

Ballitarsin

NR355612

 

Ballivicar

NR343468

 

Balloal

see Balole

m

Ballychatrigan

NR323420

bb

Ballychlavan

see Ballachlaven

bb

Ballyclach

NR411642

m

Ballyclavan

see Ballachlaven

m

Ballygillan

see Ballighillan

m

Ballygrant

NR396662

 

Ballyharvey

see Bailetharbhach

m

Ballyhatricun

see Ballychatrigan

m

Ballymartin

NR370662

 

Ballymeanach

NR200583

 

Ballymony

see Ballimony

m

Ballynaby

see Ballinaby

m

Ballynaghtonbeg

NR390471

m

Ballynaghtonmore

NR391462

m

Ballynaughtonmore

see Ballynaghtonmore

bb

Ballyneal

see Port Ellen

m

Ballytarson

see Ballitarsin

m

Ballyvickar

see Ballivicar

bb

Ballyvikar

see Ballivicar

m

Balole

NR355662

 

Baluive

see Balulive

m

Balulive

NR406670

bb

Barr

NR391608

m

Blackppark

NR296637

 

Blackrock

NR316630

bb

Bluehouse

NR330630

 

Bolsa

NR386775

m

Bolsay

NR227571

 

Bowmore

NR310600

bb

Brahunisary

NR377465

 

Braibruich

NR258508

 

Braigo

NR235693

 

Breakachey

NR273722

m

Bridge House

NR310569

 

Bridgend

NR335619

 

Bruichladdich

NR265611

 

Bunanuillt

NR298694

 

Buninuisk

see ?

bb

Bunnahabhain

NR420732

 

Cairn

see Carn

bb

Callumkill

NR406464

 

Caol Ila

NR429699

 

Carabus

see Carrabus

m

Carn

NR244572

m

Carnain

NR319628

 

Carnaun

see ?

bb

Carnbeg

NR417678

m

Carndonachy

see ?

bb

Carnduncan

NR244672

 

Carrabus

NR315639

 

Carrabus West

NR308638

 

Cattadale

NR386601

bb

Cattadill

see Cattadale

m

Charity Hill

see ?

bb

Cillbhraenan

NR375624

 

Claddach

NR164532

 

Cladville

NR179541

 

Claggain

NR460533

 

Claggan

NR345618

 

Clagin

see Claggain

m

Claiginercrach

see ?

bb

Cluanach

NR369597

 

Coillabus

NR318437

 

Coille

NR243684

 

Coinigarry

see Kynagarry

m

Conisby

NR262618

m

Conispy

see Conisby

 

Coole

see Coull

m

Corary

see Corrary

m

Cornabus

NR333465

bb

Corraghoirtein

NR314696

 

Corrary

NR312572

 

Corraryhill

NR310572

 

Corsapool

see Craigens

m

Coulabus

see Coullabus

bb

Coulabus

see Coullabus

bb

Coulererach

NR208652

 

Coull

NR200646

 

Coullabus

NR300658

 

Coultoon

NR200572

 

Coultorsay

NR259605

 

Courlasch

see Curlach

bb

Cove

NR428789

m

Cragabus

NR326450

m

Craigens

NR298672

 

Craigfad

NR235558

m

Craigfin

NR453528

m

Creganipenin

see ?

bb

Cruach

see ?

bb

Culabolls

see Coullabus

m

Culbuie

NR248669

 

Cultorsa

see Coultorsay

m

Cultuin

see Coultoon

m

Curiloch

see Curlach

bb

Curlach

NR326567

 

Curriloch

see Curlach

m

Dail

see Daill

m

Daill

NR363628

 

Damaoidh

NR251596

 

Dluich

See Gortanilivorrie

m

Doodlimore

NR368742

 

Druimiriseig

NR352474

 

Druimnahairighe

NR345505

 

Druminduich

see ?

bb

Dudilbeg

NR345747

m

Dudlimore

see Doodlimore

m

Duich

NR320545

m

Duisker

NR363669

m

Dunlossit

NR431688

 

Ealabus

see Eallabus

bb

Eallabus

NR335636

 

Easterelister

see Easterellister

m

Easterellister

NR200535

 

Eiskinish

see Esknish

m

Emeraconart

NR374650

 

Eorabus

see Eorrabus

bb

Eorrabus

NR359647

 

Erasaid

NR295653

 

Esknish

NR368648

bb

Finlaggan

NR393686

 

Foreland

NR268645

m

Fornisaig

NR200583

 

Garrich

see Gearach

m

Gartacharra

NR254615

 

Gartachossan

NR351610

 

Gartachossin

see Gartachossan

bb

Gartachra

see ?

bb

Gartbreck

NR282582

bb

Gartloist

NR334609

bb

Gartlusk

see Gartloist

m

Gartmain

NR335605

bb

Gartnatra

NR328604

 

Gearach

NR224594

bb

Geisker

see ?

bb

GFangdhu

NR294438

 

Ghrasdail

NR305475

 

Gille

see Giol

m

Giol

NR285439

 

Gioll

see Giol

bb

Gladivoll

see Cladville

m

Glashens

see Port Charlotte

bb

Glassans

see Port Charlotte

m

Gleannagavidh

NR208540

 

Gleannmor

NR239583

 

Glenasdale

see Glenastle

bb

Glenastells

see Glenastle

m

Glenastle

NR302449

 

Glenegadale

see Glenegedale

bb

Glenegedale

NR311517

 

Glenegidale

see Glenegedale

m

Glenmachrie

NR333510

 

Glenmachry

see Glenmachrie

bb

Gorlachar

see Gartacharra

m

Gortachosan

see Gartachossan

m

Gortan

NR272628

 

Gortan=na=gael(?)

see ?

bb

Gortanchuirn

NR257619

 

Gortanilivorrie

NR359622

 

Gortanilvory

see ?

bb

Gortanloist

see Gartloist

bb

Gortantaod

see Gortantaoid

 

Gortantaoid

NR339732

 

Gortantoid

see Gortantaoid

m

Grainel

NR270668

 

Grasdale

see Ghrasdail

bb

Grastell

see Ghrasdail

m

Greamsa

NR231610

m

Greamsay

see Greamsa

bb

Grianan

NR332478

 

Grobolls

NR338598

m

Grobols

see Grobolls

bb

Gruinart

NR267682

 

Gruinart Flats

NR286668

 

Grulinbeg

NR241681

 

Grulinmore

NR244666

 

Grulint

see Grulinbeg

m

Grunart

see Gruinart

m

Heatherhouse

NR419698

 

Imeraval

NR350459

 

Ineraval

NR327420

 

Island

NR307567

m

Island Neue

see Nave Island

m

Island Noarse

see Orsay Island

m

Island Texa

see Texa Island

m

Islayhouse

NR334628

 

Kandrochit

see Kindrochid

m

Kantraw

see Kintra

m

Keills

NR417685

 

Kelsa

see Kelsay

m

Kelsay

NR191561

 

Kendrochid

see ?

bb

Kentraw

NR267628

 

Keppolsmore

NR377656

m

Kilanailin

see ?

bb

Kilbranan

see Cillbhraenan

bb

Kilbride

see Killbride

bb

Kilbride

NR384467

 

Kilchearan

see Killchiaran

bb

Kilchiaran

NR207604

 

Kilchoman

see Killchoman

bb

Kildalton

NR454508

 

Kilennan

NR375576

 

Kilinan

see ?

bb

Kilkolumkill

see Keills

m

Killabus

see ?

bb

Killarow

see Bridgend

 

Killbranan

see Cillbhraenan

m

Killbride

see Kilbride

m

Killchoman

NR217633

m

Killchoman East

see Killchoman

m

Killchoman West

see Killchoman

m

Killcolumkill

see Callumkill

 

Killdallton

see Kildalton

m

Killean

see Kilennan

m

Killeenan Lower

see Kilennan

m

Killeenan Upper

see Kilennan

m

Killenalien

see Killinallan

m

Killerin And Brade

see Kilchiaran

m

Killeyan Lower

NR276432

 

Killeyan Upper

NR280419

bb

Killinallan

NR312720

 

Killmeny

see Kilmeny

m

Killnaghlon

NR345453

m

Killneave

see Kilnave

m

Kilmenny

see Kilmeny

bb

Kilmeny

NR392653

 

Kilnave

NR283714

bb

Kilslevan

NR419671

m

Kinabolls

see Kinnabus

m

Kinabus

see Kinnabus

m

Kindrochid

NR232687

 

Kinigary

see ?

bb

Kinnabus

NR295425

 

Kintour

NR456514

 

Kintoure

see Kintour

m

Kintra

NR320483

 

Kintraw

see Kintra

bb

Knockanbearach

NR334638

 

Knockdon

NR331645

 

Knockdown

see Knockdon

bb

Knocklearoch

NR399649

 

Knocklerach

see Knocklearoch

bb

Knocklerock

see Knocklearoch

m

Knockronisdill

NR437486

m

Koilade

see ?

bb

Kruick

see ?

bb

Kynagarry

NR378589

 

Lagavulin

NR405458

 

Lagawillin

see Lagavulin

m

Laggan

NR285556

m

Laggantra House

see ?

bb

Lagstoban

NR304650

 

Lagviulin

see Lagavulin

bb

Lagvuilin

see Lagavulin

bb

Laphroaig

NR385454

 

Leagin

see ?

bb

Leckgruinart

NR276692

 

Leek

NR233679

m

Leekgrunart

see Leckgruinart

m

Leekkannokoly

NR421481

m

Lekgruinart

see Leckgruinart

bb

Lenavore

NR301437

 

Leneriach

see ?

bb

Lenimore

see ?

bb

Leogin

see ?

bb

Leorin

NR355486

 

Lint-Mill

see ?

bb

Liribus

see ?

bb

Loanbaan

NR315582

 

LoanDaun

see ?

bb

Lochgorm House

NR270618

 

Longbaw

see ?

bb

Lorin Lower

see Leorin

m

Lorin Upper

see Leorin

m

Lossit In Killmeny

NR412655

m

Lossit in Kilmeny Lodge

NR408657

 

Lossit In Rins

NR185564

m

Lurabus

NR336430

m

Lyrabolls

see Lyrabus

m

Lyrabus

NR292642

 

Macharie

see Machrie

m

Machrie

NR327491

 

Machry

see Machrie

bb

Margadale

NR394745

 

Mergadel

see Margadale

m

Mill Cottage

NR275686

 

Mulindra

see Mulindry

m

Mulindry

NR353595

bb

Mulreese

see Mulreesh

bb

Mulreesh

NR402688

 

Mulrish

see Mulreesh

m

Nave Island

NR290760

 

Nerabolls

see Nerabus

m

Nerabus

NR227551

 

Nerby

see Neriby

m

Neribolls

see Nerabus

bb

Neribolls

see Nerabus

bb

Neriby

NR362605

 

Newton

NR345628

 

Nosbridge

see Nosebridge

bb

Nosbrigg

see Nosebridge

m

Nosebridge

NR372603

 

Ochtafad

see Octofad

m

Oclawillin

see Octovullin

m

Octivuilin

see Octovullin

bb

Octofad

NR220545

 

Octomore

NR248590

m

Octovullin

NR346642

 

Olista

see Olistadh

m

Olistadh

NR219583

 

Orsay Island

NR165515

 

Persabus

NR418690

 

Persobolls

see Persabus

m

Port Askaig

NR432693

 

Port Charlotte

NR252582

 

Port Ellen

NR365455

 

Port Ellin

see Port Ellen

bb

Port Wemyss

NR169517

 

Portineilan

see Finlaggan

m

Portnahaven

NR167522

 

Portnellan

see Finlaggan

bb

Proaig

NR458577

m

Renilary (?) Lots

see ?

bb

Rhuvaal

NR426793

 

Risabus

NR315435

 

Robolls

NR391669

m

Rockside

NR223638

 

Roiskern

see Rosquern

bb

Ronachmore

NR302588

bb

Rosquern

NR385610

m

Saligo

NR210662

 

Sanaigmore

NR237708

 

Sannaigmore

see Sanaigmore

bb

Sanogbeg

NR225696

m

Sanogmore

see Sanaigmore

m

Scanistle

NR406675

 

Scanlastell

see Scanistle

m

Scarrabus

NR348653

 

Scouller

NR376629

 

Seafield

NR310592

 

Seanghairt

NR380675

 

Sheanyart

see Seanghairt

m

Sheilings

NR402740

 

Sheneghart

see Seanghairt

bb

Skarabolls

see Scarrabus

m

Skerolls

see Skerrols

m

Skerrols

NR352639

 

Skibbag Mill

see ?

bb

Sleivemore

NR408628

 

Sleivevin

NR330572

 

Smail

see Smaull

m

Smaull

NR215686

bb

Solam

NR411482

m

Springbank

NR342614

 

Staoisha

NR404712

 

Staoisha Eararch

NR400725

 

Stoinsha Nather

see Staoisha

m

Stoinsha Upper

see Staoisha Eararch

m

Storackaig

see Storakaig

bb

Storakaig

NR405620

 

Storgaig

see Storakaig

m

Stramnishbeg

NR300405

m

Stramnishmore

see Stremnishmore

m

Stremnishmore

NR310408

bb

Stuine

NR446518

m

Sunderland

NR246645

m

Surn

see Newton

m

Surnaig

NR399455

m

Tallant

NR336588

bb

Tallent

see Tallant

m

Tayandock

NR314634

 

Tayandrom

NR386459

m

Taycarmigan

NR381453

 

Taycormagan

see Taycarmigan

m

Tayindrome

see Tayandrom

bb

Taynacrock

see Taynoknock

bb

Taynoknock

NR352646

m

Tayovullin

NR286724

 

Teervagin

see Tiervaagain

m

Texa Island

NR395436

 

Tiervaagain

NR382647

 

Tiervaigan

see Tiervaagain

bb

Tighnacachla

NR300659

 

Tockimall

see Tokamale

bb

Tokamale

NR300474

m

Torabus

NR422704

m

Toradale

see Torradale

m

Toranore

NR218669

 

Tormastill

see Tormisdale

m

Tormisdale

NR194588

bb

Torra

NR344547

m

Torrabolls

see Torabus

bb

Torradale

NR382453

bb

Torran

NR209658

 

Torronich

NR241567

m

Trudernish

NR462525

m

Tynabeinne

NR266635

 

Tynacoille

NR275637

 

Uiskentuie

NR298631

 

Uskintuie

see ?

bb

Walkmill

see ?

bb

Westerelister

see Westerellister

m

Westerellister

NR188523

 

Woodend

NR398667

 

Yorabus

see Eorrabus

m