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Tom na Mòine

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Tom na MòineTom na Mòine - 14th July 2009

Tom na Mòine is the second (ruined) farm in Gleann Dhé (above Eas Dhé) on the left-bank river.  Tom na Mòine straddles the estate-road as it runs through a group of hillocks.  These hillocks have the look of an alluvial fan - the remains of the glacial meltwater flood that cut the ‘dry gully’ in the hillside above.

As a place name Tom na Mòine – means hillock of the peat-moss, a possible reference to the boggy flat between the hillocks and the river. 

By 1703 Tom na Mòine exists as a place name - Farquharson (1703) shows tom moin (oddly in lowercase), while showing both DŪBRECH, and DALVORAR in uppercase - the significance of this escapes me.  The appearance on Farquharson (1703) suggests the place name is at least 17th-century.

The old 6-inch map (1869) shows six shapes, two of which appear to be house shaped.

It is well known that James, 2nd Earl Fife was an 'improving laird', and it's my guess the agricultural expansion in Gleann Dhé dates from the beginning of his Earlship in 1763.  However - this agricultural expansion ended before the end of the 18th century as farms were amagamated.  In the case of Tom na Mòine it was amalgamated with Creag Phàdruig by 1770 (Dixon & Green, 1995, p12).  That almagamation was followed by another about 1820 when all the land on the north-bank of the river between Eas Dé and Cist Dhé was almagamated, and rented to John McIntosh (Dixon & Green, 1995, p13).