Scottish Place-Name Society
Comann Ainmean-Àite na h-Alba


Saturday, 8th May 2021
Online – via Zoom

The Society’s Spring Conference will take place on Saturday, 8th May 2021. Due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation, it will be held online using the Zoom platform.

The conference is free to attend, but only open to registered members of the Scottish Place-Name Society. If would like to attend but are not currently a member, please CLICK HERE for information on how to join. (Membership costs £6 a year or £15 for 3 years.)

NB: The conference itself will be preceded by the Society’s Annual General Meeting. All members are welcome to attend. The materials to be discussed at the AGM, including a voting form for those who cannot be there, will be posted on the Society’s website (CLICK HEREon 1st May 2021.


09:00 – 09:15 ‘Doors open’
09:15 – 09:45 AGM
10:00 – 10:10



10:10 – 10:40

Some place-names from Knoydart to Moidart

Denis Rixson

10:40 – 11:10

Farm names and the survival of the Gaelic landscape in Kirkcolm Parish, Rhinns of Galloway

Eilidh Sgaimeal, Ainmean-Àite na h-Alba, Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, UHI

11:10 – 11:40

Triangulation pointers: microtoponyms, real lives and tall tales

Gordon Cameron, Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, UHI

11:40 – 12:00 Break
12:00 – 12:30

Ordnance Survey Name Books

Nevis Hulme

12:30 – 13:00

To where it may concern?

Dr Leonie Mhari

Elinor Scarth, Edinburgh College of Art


Tickets are free but limited.

PLEASE NOTE, due to Zoom recent security breaches at other Zoom events, your registration will be verified, and if you are a member, instructions on how to join the conference will be sent to you in a separate e-mail. This e-mail will come from conference@spns.org.uk – please check your SPAM folder. If you have not received instructions on how to join by 1st May 2021, please contact conference@spns.org.uk. Please try to contact us before the day of the conference as we may not see your e-mail once it has started.

Note: If the Eventbrite page suggests that the tickets are sold out and you would like to attend the conference, please contact admin@spns.org.uk and we will try to help. 

If you have problems joining the Zoom conference via the weblink, please:

1. Download the Zoom.us ‘Client for Meetings’ (CLICK HERE);
2. Log into your Zoom account;
3. Enter the Conference Meeting ID and Passcode manually.

We are looking forward to seeing you at the conference.

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