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Place-names of Scotland

by Iain Taylor


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ISBN: 9781788853866
Published: 07 Sep 2011
Format: E-Book
Extent: 288
Publisher: Birlinn Ltd
Imprint: Birlinn
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About the Book

Scotland is a land of many languages – including Gaelic, Pictish, Brythonic, Norse, Anglo-Saxon and Modern English among them. The result is an often bewildering series of overlapping layers of place-names, difficult at times to understand and even pronounce. This book, featuring 8,000 names ranging from districts, towns and villages to rivers, lochs and mountains, is the essential guide to Scottish placenames, illustrating the extent to which Scotland’s languages were spoken over its territory.

Placenames open up a window not only on to the geography of the country but on to its history, providing evidence not found in documented sources. In addition to an introduction on the history and nature of placenames in Scotland, this book contains a guide to Gaelic pronunciation, maps and suggestions for further reading in this fascinating subject.

The Author

Iain Taylor

Iain Taylor graduated in Celtic Studies from Aberdeen University and taught Gaelic at primary, secondary and tertiary levels in Uist, Perthshire and Skye. A native of Elgin in Moray, he worked for some years in the Gaelic department of Scottish Television before going on to lecture at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig , the Gaelic College in Skye, from which he retired in 2020.

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