Place-Names and the Church


compiled by Simon Taylor

Please contact the webmaster if you think there are any omissions to this list.


Anderson, M.O. 1965 ‘Columba and other Irish saints in Scotland’, Historical Studies 5, 26-36. [Saints and their dedications: discusses some methodological problems.]

Barrow, G.W.S., 1983, ‘The Childhood of Scottish Christianity: a Note on Some Place-Name Evidence’, Scottish Studies 27, 1-15.[eccles]

Barrow, G.W.S. 1998, Religion in Scotland on the eve of Christianity’ in Forschungen zur Reichs-, Papst- und Landesgeschichte, edited by K. Borchardt and E. Bünz, Part 1 (Stuttgart), 25-32. [nemed].

Bowen, E.G. 1977 Saints, Seaways and Settlements in the Celtic Lands (rev. ed., Cardiff).

Butter, Rachel, 2007, ‘Cill-names and Saints in Argyll: a way towards understanding the early church in Dál Riata?’, unpublished PhD thesis, University of Glasgow.

Clancy, T. O., 1995, ‘Annat in Scotland and the Origins of the Parish’, Innes Review 46, 91-115. [annat]

Clancy, Thomas Owen, 2008, ‘Deer and the early church in North-Eastern Scotland’, in Studies on the Book of Deer, ed. K. Forsyth (Dublin), 363–97

Crawford, B.E., 2002 (ed.), The Papar in the North Atlantic: Environment and History. The Papar Project Volume 1. St Andrews Scottish Cultural Press (= St Johns House Papers No.10). [Several chapters relating to place-names]

Grant, Alison, 2004, ‘A Reconsideration of the Kirk-Names in South-West Scotland’, Northern Studies 38, 97-121.

MacDonald, A(idan), 1973, ‘”Annat” in Scotland: A Provisional Review’, Scottish Studies 17, 135-46. [annat]

– 1977, ‘Old Norse ‘Papar’ names in N. and W. Scotland’, in Studies in Celtic Survival, ed. L. Laing, 107-11 (British Archaeological Reports, Oxford). [papa]

– 1977, ‘On ‘Papar’ names in north and west Scotland’, Northern Studies 9, 25-30. [papa]

– 1979, ‘Gaelic Cill (Kil(l)-) in Scottish Place-Names’, Bulletin of the Ulster Place-name Society, series 2, vol.2, 9-22. [Kil-]

MacKinlay, J.M., 1914 Ancient Church Dedications of Scotland: Non-Scriptural (Edinburgh). [A somewhat dated, but as yet unsurpassed and extremely useful, collection of data on dedications to saints. Poor on sources.]

MacQueen, J. 1956, Kirk- and Kil- in Galloway Place-Names’, Archivum Linguisticum 8, 135-49. [Kil- and Kirk-]

MacQueen, J., 1973, ‘The Gaelic Speakers of Galloway and Carrick’, Scottish Studies 17, 17-33. [saints names in place-names]

Márkus, Gilbert, 2003, ‘Domhnach in Scotland’, Scottish Place-Name News 15 (Autumn), 4–5.

Márkus, Gilbert, 2008, ‘Saints and Boundaries: the pass of St Mocha and St Kessog’s Bell’, The Journal of Scottish Name Studies 2, 69-84.

Ó Muraíle, N. 1997 ‘The Columban onomastic legacy’, in C. Bourke (ed.), Studies in the Cult of Saint Columba (Dublin) 1993-228. Listing of dedications to Columba and Adomnán, but some corrections should be noted, to be found in Taylor 1999.

Rixson, Denis, 2011, ‘Too Many Papar – Not Enough Munkar’, Journal of Scottish Name Studies 5, 153-68.

Roger, J. 1997 The formation of parishes in Perthshire’, Records of the Scottish Chruch History Society 27.

Taylor, S., 1994 ‘Some early Scottish place-names and Queen Margaret’, Scottish Language 13, 1-17.

Taylor, S., 1996 ‘Place-names and the early church in eastern Scotland’, in B. Crawford (ed.), Scotland in Dark-Age Britain (St Andrews), 93-110. [Kil- and both]

Taylor, S., 1998, ‘Place-names and the early church in Scotland’, Records of The Scottish Church History Society 28, 1-22. [includes fairly comprehensive list of ecclesiastical place-name elements + bibliography]

Taylor, S., 1999, ‘Seventh-century Iona abbots in Scottish place-names’, in D. Broun and T. O. Clancy (edd.) Spes Scotorum Hope of the Scots (Edinburgh), 35-70.

Taylor, S, 2000, ‘Columba east of Drumalban: some aspects of the cult of Columba in eastern Scotland’, Innes Review 51 (2), 109-30.