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From Old Norse 'sild' herring and 'nis' point; the point is the prominent peninsula in Shieldinish which also incorporates a well-defined 'caraidh' (fish trap).
Shieldenish is a small settlement which lies close to the head of Loch Erisort, opposite Balallan. It was cleared and then later resettled in 1886 with most of the tenants coming from Balallan.
The "old" and "new" crofts below refer to lotting before and after resettlement, respectively. The 1854 Ordnance Survey map indicates no buildings that were not ruins.