Useful Links

REGIONAL DIGITAL TOPONYMIC RESOURCES ORGANISED BY PRE-1975 COUNTIES + GLASGOW

Compiled by Simon Taylor, with help from Liz Curtis, Jake King, Peadar Morgan and Eila Williamson (31 12 20)

Note: inclusion of a website in this list is no guarantee for reliability or accuracy.


ARGYLL

  • ARDNAMURCHAN and Sunart see under Moidart, Inverness-shire.
  • TIREE Place Names: by John Holliday
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AYRSHIRE

  • Place-Names of the Parish of NEW CUMNOCK compiled by Bob Guthrie.
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Note: Bob Guthrie writes Nov. 2020:

I have a new website … and have started to rebuild some of my place-name studies at https://newcumnockhistory.com/place-names/ where I have tabulated the OS Name Books (1855-57) for New Cumnock . I have also recorded the Blaeu (1654) names at https://newcumnockhistory.com/place-names/blaeu-map-1654/

BERWICKSHIRE

  • The Berwickshire Place-Name Resource: by Carole Hough, Simon Taylor and Eila Williamson. Website and database constructed by Brian Aitken.
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Partly Berwickshire, partly East Lothian

  • Place-names near the Whiteadder Water: messages from the past by Liz Curtis
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DUNBARTONSHIRE

  • WEST DUNBARTONSHIRE. From the Introduction: ‘The source of some of the information is John Irving’s “Place Names of Dumbartonshire” (1928). He was not a linguist, and some of his derivations, particularly the Gaelic ones, may not be accurate.’
    Found at Place Names of West Dunbartonshire | West Dunbartonshire Council (west-dunbarton.gov.uk)
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EAST LOTHIAN

Partly Berwickshire, partly East Lothian

  • Place-names near the Whiteadder Water: messages from the past by Liz Curtis
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FIFE

  • Fife Place-Name Data by Simon Taylor with Gilbert Márkus. Website and database constructed by Brian Aitken
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GLASGOW

  • Glaschu website: ‘A GROWING RECORD OF GAELIC IN GLASGOW TO GIVE A VISUAL SNAPSHOT OF WHAT GAELIC, PAST AND PRESENT, LOOKS LIKE IN THE CITY’. Includes sections on place-names of Gaelic origin or mediated by Gaelic-speakers, by Alasdair Whyte
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  • Glasgow Place-Names by Simon Taylor (titled unhelpfully ‘Neighbourhoods’). Early 2000s.
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INVERNESS-SHIRE

  • BEAULY, The Aird and Strathglass Place-Name Survey (North-East Inverness-shire) by Simon Taylor. Website and database constructed by Swithun Crowe
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  • SCALPAY, Harris
    A unique collection of names chiefly from oral sources compiled by Ella Leith in 2007.
    Click Here

MOIDART

  • Comann Eachdraidh Mùideart/Moidart Local History Group, ‘Places and Placenames’. Includes some material relating to Sunart and Ardnamurchan, Argyll.
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UIST

  • Eòlas nan Naomh: Early Christianity in Uist.
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One of its aims is: ‘To identify sites and place-names of interest for the early and medieval Christianity of Uist.’ By Thomas Clancy and Sofia Evemalm. Website and database constructed by Sofia Evemalm.

KIRKCUDBRIGHTSHIRE

  • BORGUE PLACE-NAMES VIDEOS by Calum Ansell and Alan McClure.
    Click Here
  • GALLOWAY GLENS Place-Name Database (parishes of Balmaclellan, Balmaghie Carsphairn, Crossmichael, Dalry, Kells and Parton) by Gilbert Márkus with Thomas Clancy and Simon Taylor. Part of the Heritage Lottery Funded ‘Galloway Glens Landscape Partnership’, in collaboration with the University of Glasgow. Note that this website also includes a series of blog-posts by Gilbert Márkus and Thomas Clancy on individual names and elements in Galloway place-names.
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GATEHOUSE OF FLEET

  • Gatehouse and District Place Names/Old Maps & Place Names
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Under this heading there are sections on:

Street Names
Place names: old & new
Place Names: linguistic origins, by Alan James
Farms & Field Names.

LANARKSHIRE

  • LESMAHAGOW Place Names Database: a ‘gazetteer developed by Dennis White, Michael Gaffney and Chris Fleet as a means of exploring and presenting historical place names of the Old Parish of Lesmahagow over time.’
    Click Here


NORTH-WEST HIGHLANDS

  • Scottish Northwest Highland Place Names – Part of a website created by Gordon C. Harrison, the place-name pages focus on Wester Ross but cover place-names of Gaelic origin more generally in the north-west, with links to digital versions of important texts such as W. J. Watson’s Place-Names of Ross and Cromarty (1904).
    Click Here

 
PERTHSHIRE

  • SOUTH-EAST PERTHSHIRE including Alyth, Blairgowrie, Glenshee, Kirkmichael and Kirkton of Glen Isla.
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5 substantial Place-Name Booklets for the Cateran Trail by Peter McNiven

They are not easy to find. Go to ‘2017 Programme’ then scroll down.

CALLANDER (Menteith)

  • Detailed survey of the place-names of Callander by Peter McNiven
    Click Here

STRATHEARN

  • Detailed survey of the place-names of the parishes of Auchterarder, Dunning and Glendevon by Peter McNiven 2016. Part of the SERF [‘Strathearn Environs and Royal Forteviot’] Project.
    Click Here

The interdisciplinary report for which this survey was compiled is ‘Interdisciplinary approaches to a connected landscape: upland survey in the Northern Ochils’, Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland 148, pp. 83-111 (Given et al. 2019).
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ROSS & CROMARTY

  • The APPLECROSS Placenames Project
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  • LOCH TORRIDON Placenames: a collection of Gaelic placenames, including their locations, translations, photographs and stories by Murdoch MacDonald, Donald MacDonald and Alice MacLennan.
    Click Here
  • COIGEACH Gazetteer. Donald MacDonald-Ross.
    Click Here

See also NORTH-WEST HIGHLANDS

SHETLAND

SUTHERLAND

ASSYNT

  • Ainmean-Àite Assainte/Place Names of Assynt
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  • THE PLACE-NAMES OF ASSYNT – a talk by Gemma Smith
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Theses with abstracts only available