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English nameWemyss Bay
Gaelic nameBàgh Wemyss
Meaningbay of the caves

Location and type of place name

LocationNorth Ayrshire
Local authorityInverclyde ~ Inbhir Chluaidh
Parish post 1891
County post 1891
Topographical feature type
Postcode areaPA18
OS sheet number341
OS grid referenceNS193685
Type of namePlace ~ Àite


Element meaningG bàgh ~ bay; uamh ~ cave
Element type

External Resources

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Further Information

Language notes 
Wemys Point, Wemys Bay 1796 Ainslie/Renfrew
Wemyss Bay, Wemyss Point 1820 Thomson
Weems Pt 1856 Admiralty Chart 2159
Additional infoPort Wemyss in Islay is as intelligible as Wemyss Bay on the Clyde. MacKinnon, 'Place-names and Personal names in Argyll' 1887

J. Boyd, Guide to Wemyss Bay, 1879 seems to be the source of the derivation of this name from uamh, 'cave', doubtless by analogy with Weems in Fife. It says, however, that it relates to subterranean Pictish dwellings, an idea now discredited. It also says no caves have been found in the area.

This name is most likely transferred from either the surname or another place-name.  
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