DAY CONFERENCE & AGM, 5 MAY 2018, PERTH
As the spring conference is to be in Perth, a scene from the edge of Highland Perthshire. It includes Monzie Kirk, some 4 km north of Crieff, as seen from near the northern end of the ridge known as Knock of Crieff. Monzie’s six letters, of which the zed (or rather yogh) is now silent and the last two bear the stress, retain a Scots spelling convention of the 16th and 17th centuries; a modern anglicised spelling would be Monee. The late Angus Watson in his PhD thesis on place-names in the earldom of Strathearn (https://research-repository.st-andrews.ac.uk/handle/10023/11331) gave earlier spellings including Mugheda 1226×1234, Monyhge 1268?, Mothieth and Muyhe 1283, Monyeth 1329×1334, Moyhe 1442, Munze and Monze 1553, Monze and Monzie 1576, Moinye and Moiny K[irk] on Pont’s late 16th century manuscript map. He accepted earlier proposals that the name represented Gaelic magh-eadh ‘plain of corn’, and Prof W J Watson’s (1926) explanation of the at first occasional and later regular appearance of the nasal [n] as deriving from the early Gaelic mag n-etho, where mag ‘plain’ was neuter and thus required the nasal insertion before the genitive of ith ‘corn’. Good arable land is evident in the foreground of the photo.