About SPNS

Welcome to the Scottish Place-Name Society website!

The Society, launched in February 1996, exists for the support of all aspects of toponymic studies in Scotland, and in particular work towards a Survey of Scottish Place-Names.

The Society circulates a newsletter, Scottish Place-Name News, to its members twice a year.
Editor: Bill Patterson (pns.patterson3dr@btinternet.com)

The Society is a registered charity with Scottish Charity Number SC033810. Any donations to us via the Charities Aid Foundation will allow us to claim an additional 25% Gift Aid from the taxman.

There is also now (2007) a periodical dedicated to Scottish onomastics:
The Journal of Scottish Name Studies 



Dr Simon Taylor, Reader in Name Studies, University of Glasgow


Convener: Alan Macniven
Vice-convener: Simon Taylor
Minutes Secretary: Jane Drummond
Treasurer: Peter Drummond
Newsletter Editor: Bill Patterson
Web Сo-ordinator: Simeon Krastev


Sofia Evemalm
Leslie Fraser
Alison Grant
Guy Puzey
Eilidh Scammell
Alasdair Whyte
Thomas Clancy (Ex officio, Director, Survey of Scottish Place-Names)

The first website of the Society was established and maintained by Henry Gough-Cooper.

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