Reference > Brewer’s Dictionary > Balclutha (The tower of),

E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Balclutha (The tower of),
in Ossian, is Dun-dee, where Dun means a tower. Those circular buildings so common in the Orkney and Shetland Islands, the Hebrides, and all the north of Scotland, are duns. Dee is a corruption of Tay, the river on which the city is built; in Latin, Tao-dunum.   1


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