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English nameGlenelg
Gaelic nameGlinn Eilg
Meaningthe glens of Eilg

Location and type of place name

LocationLochalsh, Highland
Local authorityHighland ~ A’ Ghàidhealtachd
Parish post 1891Glenelg
County post 1891Inverness-shire ~ Siorrachd Inbhir Nis
Topographical feature typeSettlement ~ Tuineachadh
Post townKYLE
Postcode areaIV40
Relevant main roadsA87
OS sheet number413
OS grid referenceNG806189
Type of namePlace ~ Àite


Element meaningG gleann ~ glen; Eilg ~ obscure element
Element typetopography

External Resources

OS mapsGazetteer for Scotland

Further Information

Language notesG nom. pl. of gleann, masc. ‘glen’ + gen. sg. of Eilg, obscure element = ‘The glens of Eilg’
Glainelge 1580 RMS iv no. 2964
baroniam de Glenelg 1607 RMS vi no. 1981
Glen Elgh 1654 Blaeu Map (Northern Scotland)
? Glenelg 1664 Retours (Inverness) no. 95
Glen Elg 1820 Thomson
Glinn Eilg Dwelly 1912
Gleann Eilg, Glen of Ireland, a commemorative name. Mac an Tàilleir
Gleann Eilg previous signage
['gloχˌan] ` local source, Àrnasdal
['glĩnʲˌeləg] local source, Àrnasdal
Additional infoÀrnasdal source stated that clachan was the earlier version, whilst the later was the current version. The latter version, with glinn not gleann is supported by Dwelly’s form.
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