The entry in the OS Name Books (OS1/18/10/21) reads: ‘This name is applied to a large cultivated district, situated on the North West point of Benbecula. The houses are all one storey high, thatched and in ordinary repair. There is a school and sub Post Office in this district. Proprietor Capt [Captain] Gordon Cluny Castle’.
See Teampull Chaluim Chille for the full discussion of this name.
Grid reference: NF773553
G baile ‘a town, settlement’ + G manach ‘a monk’
(‘The Monks’ Settlement’)
1654 Blaeu Baluannich
1807 Arrowsmith Balvanich
1832 Thomson Balivanich
OS 6-inch Balivanich