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Butter, Rachel, 2007, ‘Cill-names and Saints in Argyll: a way towards understanding the early church in Dál Riata?’, unpublished PhD thesis, University of Glasgow.

Caldwell, David, 2008, Islay: The Land of the Lordship (Edinburgh) [with much toponymic input from Alan Macniven; Macniven contributed Chapter 2 ‘Prehistory and Early History’; while Chapter 8, ‘Continuity and Change – Place-Names and Extents’ draws heavily on Macniven 2006 (‘The Norse in Islay: A Settlement Historical Case-Study for Medieval Scandinavian Activity in Western Maritime Scotland’, unpublished PhD Thesis, University of Edinburgh); Appendix 1 is a useful compilation and examination of Islay surnames; while Appendix 2, entitled ‘Islay Lands, Recorded Prior to 1722’ is also drawn from Macniven 2006, giving suggested etymologies, as well as sources, but sadly no early forms]

Colville, Duncan and Martin, Angus, 2009, The Place-Names of the Parish of Southend, Kintyre Antiquarian & Natural History Society, Campbeltown. [First published 1938 by the Kintyre Antiquarian Society; original list compiled by Duncan Colville; this version revised and supplemented by Angus Martin.]

Cox, Richard A. V., 2010, ‘Scottish Gaelic Sannda and its Aliases’, Journal of Scottish Name Studies 4, 61-102.

Fraser, I. A., 1984-6, ‘The Place-Names of Argyll: an historical perspective’, Transactions of the Gaelic Society of Inverness 54, 174-207.

Johnston, Anne, 1995, ‘Norse settlement patterns in Coll and Tiree’, in Scandinavian Settlement in Northern Britain, ed. B. E. Crawford (London), 108-25.

King, Jacob, and Cotter, Michelle, 2011, Gaelic in the Landscape: Place-names in Islay and Jura/A’ Ghàidhlig air Aghaidh na Tìre (Scottish Natural Heritage/Dualchas Nàdair na h-Alba and Ainmean-Àite na h-Alba/Gaelic Place-Names of Scotland). Free from SNH; also available online on

MacDonald, Aidan, 2010, ‘Adomnán’s Vita Columbae and the early churches of Tiree’, in Adomnán of Iona: Theologian, Lawmaker, Peacemaker, ed. Jonathan M. Wooding, with Rodney Aist, Thomas Owen Clancy & Thomas O’Loughlin (Dublin), 219-36.

Macniven, Alan, 2006, ‘The Norse in Islay: A Settlement Historical Case-Study for Medieval Scandinavian Activity in Western Maritime Scotland’, unpublished PhD , University of Edinburgh.

Martin, Angus, 2013, Kintyre Places and Place-Names (The Grimsay Press, Kilkerran).

Storrie, Margaret, 2009, ‘Settlement and Naming in the Southern Hebridean Isle of Islay’, in A Land that Lies Westward: Language and Culture in Islay and Argyll, ed. J. Derrick McClure, John M. Kirk and Margaret Storrie (John Donald, Edinburgh), 17–47.