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Clach an t-Saoir Bhain, Siabaidh

Clach an t-Saoir Bhain, Siabaidh

Clach an t-Saoir Bhàin is a light coloured rock to the west of Eilean an Dùnain, near Siabaidh. Its name means 'rock of the fair joiner or boat builder'. This story is from Sea-Names of Berneray:

On this rock, the joiner, Neil Bethune and three others were overwhelmed and drowned in a spring tide at night. It is said they were coming back with liquor for his daughter's wedding. As Neil had a son, Angus, also a joiner, this rock may refer to him and not his father.

There is some doubt about the Neil Bethune referred to in the tale. It could as suggested in Sea-Names be Neil, tutor to Sir Norman MacLeod's children in the early 16th century, but is more likely to be his great grandson Neil Bàn, of whom a similar tale is told.

 

 

Title: Clach an t-Saoir Bhain, Siabaidh
Record Type: Natural Landscape Features
Gaelic Name: Clach an t-Saoir Bhàin
Type: Rock
Grid Ref Easting: 89456
Grid Ref Northing: 880089
Record Maintained By: CEBH
Subject Id: 117369