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List of names as written Various modes of spelling Authorities for spelling Situation Description remarks
BEN NEVIS Ben Nevis
Ben Nevis
Ben Nevis
Revd [Reverend] Hugh McColl, Fort William
Mr Colin McInnes Fort William
Mr John McDonald Fort William
151 A very large mountain feature five or six miles from Fort William. It is very steep and rocky and difficult of access on all its sides, especially on the east where it is totally inaccessible except at one point. There is no vegetation on its summit nor for a considerable distance down its sides, the whole being covered with a mass of loose stones and rock. The boundary between the parishes of Kilmallie and Kilmonivaig which also divides the property of Lord Abinger from that of Mrs Campbell of Monzie runs along the whole length of the mountain from Ben Nevis over Carn Dearg to the north end of Lochan Meall an t-Suidhe. "The mountains are very numerous but none of them deserves particular notice except Benevis which is the highest mountain in Britain. The etymology of this mountain has afforded a large field of conjecture; but the writer is satisfied that the following is the true one; Beinn in Gaelic signifies mountain: Nèamh, the heavens or clouds; and Bathais the part of the head which is between the forehead and the crown of the head. The compound word written in Gaelic would be Beinn nèamh-bathais. It is naturally enough contracted into Benèvis - the mountain with its summit in the clouds." Extract from the Statistical Account.

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28. -- Parishes of Kilmallie and Kilmonivaig -- County of Inverness.

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