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Q: language translation ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: language translation
Category: Reference, Education and News > Teaching and Research
Asked by: niggywiggy-ga
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Posted: 06 Mar 2005 03:58 PST
Expires: 05 Apr 2005 04:58 PDT
Question ID: 485558
Please translate "Poll a' Bhathaid" into English. I believe it may be
Scottish gaelic.
Subject: Re: language translation
Answered By: leli-ga on 06 Mar 2005 08:01 PST
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Hello niggywiggy

This means "The Drowning Pool". It could be a placename.

As you'll see in my sources below, there is more than one way of
spelling the word for drowning. I found it online as:


I didn't find it ending in "d" without a final "h" as in your version,
but am confident "the drowning pool" is the correct meaning, as there
isn't anything else it could be.

Poll can also mean water-hole, bog and other wet places.

Scottish Gaelic words starting with a simple "b" change to "bh" in
some circumstances, but you need to look them up in the dictionary as
if they had no "h".

Gaelic dictionary
(searching with "bath*")

My other sources for this answer were:

"Toll a' Bhàthaidh" means "The drowning hole".

Poll a'  - used in placenames
"poll nm puill g puill pl 	
pool, pit, deep stagnant water, wet meadow 
Poll a' Bhainne , Poll a' Choire

More Scottish pools called "poll":

"18 December 1862, still remembered as the 'Day of the Great Drowning'"

The previous page appears in Gaelic as:

"18mh dhen Dùbhlachd 1862, latha air a bheil cuimhne fhathast mar 'Là
a' Bhàthaidh Mhòir"

I hope this is helpful, but let me know if you have a query about my answer.

Best wishes - Leli

Additional searches:

Bhàthaidh OR Bàthaidh OR Bhàthadh OR Bàthadh drowning 

Bhathaidh OR Bathaidh OR Bhathadh OR Bathadh drowning 

"Poll a' " gaelic

Request for Answer Clarification by niggywiggy-ga on 07 Mar 2005 13:37 PST
Sorry, I meant to add a comment:
Your answer makes good sense as the Drowning Pool is behind an old
Scottish manse and is believed to have been a witches' ducking pond
where if the witch drowned she was innocent, but if she floated she
was guilty ! It was tough in those days !!

Clarification of Answer by leli-ga on 08 Mar 2005 00:52 PST
Thank you so much for the feedback.

It's fascinating to hear the story behind the question.

Glad I could help - Leli
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