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DAY CONFERENCE & AGM, 2 MAY 2020, ISLE OF SKYE

The Society’s annual Spring Day Conference and AGM will be held at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, Isle of Skye, on Saturday 2 May 2020. Offers of papers on Scottish names are welcome. A title and short abstract should be sent to the Convener by 21 February 2020: carole.hough@glasgow.ac.uk

‘The Cobbler’, or Ben Arthur (884 metres), a favourite weekend destination for hillwalkers living in and around Glasgow.  It is one of the ‘Arrochar Alps’ to the west and north-west of Loch Long, puny in height compared with the continental mountain chain but rocky and rugged, and especially imposing in winter conditions.  The Cobbler was so named because of a fancied outline of a cobbler (shoe-repairer) bent over his last, in the central of three tops.  According to John Stoddart in 1800 it had a Gaelic name, An Greasaiche Crom ‘the crooked shoemaker’, of which the usual modern name is a simplified translation.  There is no clear provenance or explanation for the alternative name of Ben Arthur (Beinn Artair). Speculative connections include the legendary King Arthur; a historically attested son of the 6th-7th century Dalriadan king Áedán mac Gabráin; and the MacArthur clan which was prominent in later medieval Argyll.  (Photo by Peter Drummond)

In the Beginning was the Name
Selected Essays by Professor W.F.H. Nicolaisen

393 pages; price £9.99 plus P&P.

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Cultural Contacts in the North Atlantic Region: The Evidence of Names
edited by Peder Gammeltoft, Carole Hough and Doreen Waugh

To clear remaining stocks, the price of this volume is now £5.00, plus £2.50 postage and packing (UK only).  Please send a cheque payable to SCOTTISH PLACE-NAME SOCIETY to: Professor Carole Hough, English Language, University of Glasgow, Glasgow G12 8QQ

The Place-Names of Midlothian

Dr Norman Dixon’s previously inaccessible and still important PhD study of 1947, with Introduction by Simon Taylor outlining more recent approaches to some of the names.  (Midlothian here is the pre-1975 geographical county including Edinburgh and Musselburgh.)

515 pages.  £10, plus £2.50 postage and packing (UK only).  Please send a cheque payable to SCOTTISH PLACE-NAME SOCIETY to: Professor Carole Hough, English Language, University of Glasgow, Glasgow G12 8QQ