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DAY CONFERENCE, 2 NOVEMBER 2019, ARROCHAR

The Society’s annual Autumn Day Conference will be held at the Three Villages Community Hall, Arrochar, on Saturday 2 November 2019. For a list of the papers confirmed so far (with abstracts), please CLICK HERE.

VIKINGS AND NAMES CONFERENCE, YORK, SATURDAY 19 OCTOBER 2019

The 2019 Autumn Day Conference of the Society for Name Studies in Britain and Ireland will take place at King’s Manor, University of York, from 10am to 4.30pm on Saturday 19 October 2019. For more information, please CLICK HERE.

An exciting new enterprise undertaken by Dr Simon Taylor will see all past issues of Scottish Place-Names News gradually hosted on the SPNS website! For the currently available past issues starting from Summer 1996, please CLICK HERE

In Glen Doll, Angus, beside the White Water, a tributary of the South Esk. In his book on the names of The Glens of Angus, the late David Dorward noted that the name Glen Doll did not seem ancient. Although the name was on General Roy’s military survey of the mid 18th century, it was absent from Ainslie’s map in the 1790s. However, Ainslie showed a croft called Dole at the foot of the glen where it joins Glen Clova; Bartholomew maps of the 1960s still marked ‘Glen of the Doll’; and Dorward comments that the glen’s name was earlier pronounced ‘Dole’. Unsurprisingly he concluded that the origin was Pictish *dol (‘haugh, meadow’, adopted into Gaelic as dail and cognate with Welsh dôl; also dol in Cornish and Breton).

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

393 pages; price £9.99 plus P&P.

For details of this wide-ranging selection of essays by a pre-eminent scholar, and how to order it, please CLICK HERE.

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