Day Conference, 17 November 2018, Edinburgh

Hence the Name

Sources for place-name and personal name research in Scotland


The Scottish Place-Name Society

The Scottish Records Association

Saturday 17 November 2018

Netherbow Theatre, Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh

Speakers include

  • Meredith Cane
    Scottish -ina forename suffixes: an example of personal name research (title to be confirmed)
  • Alice Crook
    Personal Naming in Early Modern Scotland: consultation and analysis of the Old Parish Registers
  • Chris Fleet
    Maps and plans (title to be confirmed)
  • Carole Hough
    An Online Resource for Berwickshire Place-Names
  • Simon Taylor
    Inter Limites Specificatos: some thoughts on place-name research in Scottish records.
  • Joanna Tucker
    Cartularies as a Source for Place and Personal Names
  • Robin Urquhart
    Where the Heck is Heck? Sources for locating early modern place
  • Eila Williamson
    Scotland’s Ordnance Survey Name Books: A ‘treasure trove’ for toponymists

Registration is expected to take place between 9.15am and 10am.

The conference is expected to run from 10am to 4.45pm.

The conference will provide a practical guide to sources for the study of place-names and personal names in Scotland. It will be of interest to academic and other researchers in the fields of languages, history and geography; archivists, librarians and curators who deal with enquiries relating to personal names and place-names; and anyone interested in names and their origins. It might also be of interest to family historians, as it deals with medieval and early-modern sources of information on people and places.


The conference will be held at the Netherbow Theatre and lunch will be served in the Storytelling Court of the Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43-45 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1SR (

Conference fee

  • Members of the SRA and SPNS and their guests: £21.50 (excluding lunch)
  • Non-members: £24.50 (excluding lunch)
  • Students: £17.50 (excluding lunch) – limited number of places available for students active in place-name and personal name research
  • Lunch: £15

Annual General Meeting of the Scottish Records Association

The Annual General Meeting of the Scottish Records Association will take place in the lunch interval of the conference at 12 noon. It is expected to last approximately 15 minutes.

Launch of the Berwickshire Place-Names Online Resource

Survey of place-names in the historical county of Berwickshire has been funded for 3 years by The Leverhulme Trust. An online resource covering names on the OS 1:50,000 Landranger map will be launched during the conference. More details:


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