The name Balnaglaic is applied to a group of small farm steadings and crofts which were originally one storey high and thatched. They now from part of the village of Balnain, a community to the east of Loch Meikle in Glen Urquhart which includes Balnalurgin. John MacDonald and his brother Duncan were born and worked in this community and it is likely that his ancestors also came from very close by.
The modern community of Balnaglaic contains houses of various ages. This little building is one of the oldest and may date back to the time of John MacDonald who was born in 1795 .
Interestingly Mary Grant the mother of Gregor Grant MacDonald, the husband of Elizabeth Proudfoot from Fortingall, also came from Balnaglaic. His family was from Braefield, a mile west on the north side of the loch.
- Balnaglaic = Baile na Glaic - the town of the hollow
- Balnain = Bail' an Athainn - the town of the ford
- Balnalurgin = Baile na Lurgainn - the town of the long low ridge
The Celtic component 'Bal' indicates an enclosed settlement.
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