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English nameSandbank
Gaelic nameAn Oitir
Meaningbank or ridge in the sea

Location and type of place name

LocationCowal, Argyll
Local authorityArgyll & Bute ~ Earra-Ghàidheal & Bòd
Parish post 1891
County post 1891Argyll & Bute ~ Earra-Ghàidheal & Bòd
Topographical feature type
Post townDUNOON
Postcode areaPA23
OS sheet number
OS grid referenceNS160800
Type of namePlace ~ Àite


Element meaningoitir ~ bank or ridge in the sea
Element typecoasttopographywater associated (except marsh)

External Resources

OS maps

Further Information

Language notesG fem. def. art an + G nom. sg. oitir, ‘bank or ridge in the sea’
Cladich House 1751 Valuation Rolls for Argyllshire
Cladehouse 1841 Census Dunoon & Kilmun SCT1841/510
Sandbank 1869 OS 6 inch 1st edn.
Sandbank 1912 Bartholomew’s Map
Additional infoMac an Tàilleir: ``The Gaelic name of Sandbank in Argyll is the house by the shore. An older form of the English name was Claddyhouse, showing that the local Gaelic was probably Taigh a’ Chladaigh with the southern form of the genitive singular rather than the standard form given above.''
McLean p. 43 and p. 120 and Hill p. 58 say that Claddyhouse was the old name for Sandbank, but neither support the claim. There is a house called Claddyhouse at NS161803, marked but not named in 1868 1:2500 OS map.
The name Taigh a’ Chladaich exists in at least two other places in the relative vicinity with similar topographies. One is at NN134079 in Cowal as Tighcladich (Tighe Cladaich 1874 OS) The other is somewhere in Rhu Parish (Tayichladick 1756 Acts of Commisioners of Supply (Annals of Garelochside p. 321) presumably on Garelochside. The 1869 OS 6 inch shows a sandpit on this site as well as a place called Sandbank.
Although the forms of Claddyhouse might reflect Taigh a’ Chladaich there is no evidence for the use of this applying to Sandbank as a whole. The proposed form is a semantic parallel with English.
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