>Lingearabhagh (Lingerbay) "Heather bay" or "heather beach bay", from Norse

>A contact kindly asked her grandfather if he would look at my piece on 1 Fleoideabhagh (Flodabay) and clear-up the confusions I had mentioned in that piece. In addition to clarifying the history of the house and then explaining that I still have close relatives living in Strond & Ceann Debig (this being previously unknown to any of my family!) , he ended with this:


“I also remember an event in January, 1944 when one of your relatives (Iain or John) took to a cave in Lingerbay and (at least) was affected by frostbite.
I can’t remember whether he survived the episode.”

This is, I am sure you will agree, an intriguing tale to be told! Which Iain/John Kerr was this and what drove him to take to a cave in the Winter of ’44? I don’t think he perished there for, if so, it is not recorded in the Register but I shall have to wait a while before I can contact my source to seek further details.

Meanwhile, we shall have to leave the mysterious John Kerr shivering in his cave somewhere near Lingerbay…

(Many thanks to HT for the info & CM for her help!)

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2 thoughts on “>Lingearabhagh (Lingerbay) "Heather bay" or "heather beach bay", from Norse

  1. >On the subject of "Heather bay" [Lingerbay], there is another name like that in Harris. Molinginish, on Loch Seaforth near Reinigeadal, means "shingley beach by the heathery knoll". It has been deserted for nearly 50 years.

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