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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