SPNS SPRING CONFERENCE 2022 – 21st May 2022 – Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, Isle of Skye


Saturday, 21st May 2022
Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, Isle of Skye


The 2022 AGM of the Scottish Place-Name Society will be held online between 11th May 2022 and 20th May 2020. Please click the button below to find out more about the AGM.


09:00 – 09:50AGM
Convener’s Summary & Discussion
(10:00 – 17:00)
10:00 – 10:20Welcome!
Alan Macniven & Eilidh Sgaimeal
10:20 – 11:00

The Settlement Names of Lewis: Challenges in the reconstruction of Old Norse forms.
Richard Cox

Note: to find out more about Richard’s new book, The Settlement Names of Lewis (in two volumes) please CLICK HERE.

11:00 – 11:40Seanchas is ainmeannan-àite ann an litreachas Muileach is Ulbhach | Place-lore and place-names in literature from Mull and Ulva.
Alasdair Whyte
11:40 – 12:00COFFEE BREAK
12:00 – 12:40The element borg in Iona and Uist place-names.
Sofia Evemalm-Graham
12:40 – 13:00The Journal of Scottish Name Studies
Thomas Clancy
13:00 – 14:00LUNCH
14:00 – 14:30Music and song
Gaelic songs from Christine Primrose and Peigi MacVicar, with fear an taighe Alasdair Whyte.

Òrain Ghàidhlig o Christine Primrose agus Peigi Nic a’ Phiocair, còmhla ri fear an taighe Alasdair MacIlleBhàin.

You can find more information about Christine, Peigi, and Alasdair in the ‘Music and Song’ section below.
14:40 – 14:50Welcome back!
Alan Macniven & Eilidh Sgaimeal:
14:50 – 15:30

Naming practices in the world of Scotch Whisky.
Jake King

Note: to find out more about Jake’s new book, The A to Z of Whisky Place-Names: Landscape, Language & Invention, please CLICK HERE.

15:30 – 16:10

Clachan agus Blàran: Place names with stories in Inverness and its Environs
Ruairidh Maclean

To watch a recording of this talk, please CLICK HERE.

16:10 – 16:50The Oyster Habitat Project.
Peigi Nic a’ Phiocair and Carly McNamara
16:50 – 17:00Summing-up & Fin
Alan Macniven
Sunday, 22nd May

Place-name walk from SMO to the MacDonald Centre Gardens. Please bring sensible clothes and stout footwear!

To see the route map for the walk on the OS Maps website, please CLICK HERE. 

To download a .pdf version of the route map for the walk, please CLICK HERE. 


On-campus, en-suite B&B accommodation for 21st and/or 22nd May can be booked at a cost of £60.50 per person per night, including a full cooked breakfast. To book, please download the form below, complete it, and e-mail it to fios@smo.uhi.ac.uk.


Students who wish to attend the conference may apply for a travel bursary of up to £200. For more information, please visit the Cultural Contacts Fund page. Please disregard the requirement to apply at least 2 months before the conference.


The Society, and our hosts at SMO are keen to ensure that this conference is as safe and comfortable for everyone attending as possible. To help make that happen, please familiarise yourself with SMO’s latest Covid advice and guidelines.


Christine Primrose

Rugadh agus thogadh Christine Primrose ann an Càrlabhagh ann an Eilean Leòdhais far an robh a’ Ghàidhlig mar chànan làitheil, agus tha i air a bhith a’ seinn bho ’s cuimhne leatha. Tha an t-seinn aice air a toirt air feadh an t-saoghail, gu h-àraid ann an Ameireaga, Canada, Astràilia, Èirinn agus pàirtean dhan an Roinn Eòrpa. Tha i a’ teagasg òrain Ghàidhlig air a’ chùrsa BA (le Urram) Gàidhlig agus Ceòl Traidiseanta aig Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, a’ Cholaiste Ghàidhlig anns an Eilean Sgitheanach agus cuideachd air na cùrsaichean goirid aig a’ Cholaiste. Tha i air iomadh duais a thogail airson a cuid seinn, nam measg Seinneadair Gàidhlig na Bliadhna aig na ‘Trad Awards’ ann an 2009. Ann an 2017 chaidh àite a thoirt dhith ann an Talla Deagh-chliù Ceòl Traidiseanta na h-Alba agus chaidh urram MBE a bhuileachadh oirre airson an t-seirbheis a thug i, agus a tha i a’ toirt fhathast, do cheòl Gàidhlig, Cultar agus Fòghlam ann an Alba agus gu h-eadar-nàiseanta. 

Christine Primrose was born and brought up in Carloway in a Gaelic speaking community on the Island of Lewis and has been singing for as long as she can remember. She has toured in America, Canada, Australia, Ireland and Europe. She is Head of Gaelic Song at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, Scotland’s Gaelic College on the Isle of Skye, where she teaches short courses and full-time classes on the BA (Hons) Gaelic & Traditional Music Programme. She has won many awards for her singing, amongst them ‘Gaelic Singer of the Year’ at the Traditional Music Awards in 2009. She was inducted into the Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame in 2017 and was awarded an MBE in the Queens Birthday Honours List for “Services to Gaelic Music, Culture and to Education in Scotland and internationally”. 

Peigi Nic a’ Phiocair

’S e oileanach Maighstireachd aig Oilthigh Ghlaschu a th’ annam an-dràsta far a bheil mi a’ dèanamh MLitt Modernities a’ rannsachadh litreachais, teòiridh is cultar an 20mh linn an dèidh ceum a’ choisinn ann an Gàidhlig agus Litreachas na Beurla. ’S ann às an Eilean Sgitheanach a tha mi le ceangalan teaghlaich ri Uibhist a Tuath, dà àite far a bheil mi air òrain a rannsachadh airson pròiseact Fuaran Fèisean nan Gàidheal. Taobh a-muigh na h-oilthighe bidh mi a’ teagasg Gàidhlig ann am bun-sgoiltean tro òrain agus cluich, agus tha mi nam bhall air bòrd Comhairle nan Leabhraichean. 

I am a Masters student at the University of Glasgow studying an MLitt Modernities in the literature, theory and culture of the 20th century after completing an undergraduate degree in Gaelic and English Literature. I’m from Skye with family connections to North Uist, both places I researched Gaelic songs in for the Fuaran project run by Fèisean nan Gàidheal. Outwith my studies I teach Gaelic in primary schools through the medium of song and play, and am a board member of the Gaelic Books Council. 
You can hear Peigi singing Òran Dhòmhnaill Mhogastad here.

Alasdair C. Whyte

Alasdair will be singing some of his favourite songs and discussing his new book, Maim-slè, in an event at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig the evening before the conference at 8pm. Tickets can be purchased here.


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