Like the Scottish landscape, Scotland's place-names have a marvellous variety, and every name is loaded with meaning. This work gives explanations for hundreds of names. It traces back parts of names to their Celtic, Gaelic or Old English roots, so that readers can unravel the meanings of local area and landscape names.
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Aberdeenshire anglicised Angus Aonach appears Argyll Atholl Ayrshire Ben Lawers Border brae Brittonic word burgh caer cairn Cairngorm Celtic Celtic language century coille common corrie Creag Crieff derivation discussed Dumfries Dundee East Lothian Edinburgh Eilean English word etymology example farm Fife Firth Gaelic term Gaelic word Gaelic-speaking Gaels gives glas Glasgow Glen Glenshee Highlands hill hollow Inverness Ireland isle Kirkcudbright known Lairig land language Latin Leven Loch Leven Loch Linnhe Loch Lomond Lowland Maol Meall modern monadh Moray mountain Mull nearby Ness noun occurs Old English Old Norse Old Norse word origin Orkney P-Celtic personal name Perth Perthshire Pictish Picts place-name element prefix probably pronounced pronunciation rath reference ridge River river-name Scotland Scots word Scottish Scottish place-names settlement Sgurr Shetland shieling Skye slope spelling St Andrews strath stream surname Sutherland thought usually valley village Welsh Wester Ross wood