Re: [albanach] Scottish Place Names?
- At 8:17 AM -0500 12/26/01, Matt Newsome wrote:
>At Tuesday, 25 December 2001, you wrote:What is really needed is
> >Does anyone on this list have one of those books
> >on etymology of placenames? I'm trying to figure
> >out if two places in Scotland existed in period -
> >looking into Rowanside and Rowenside
>I looked in both _Scotland's Place-names_ by David Dorward, and _Scottish
>Place Names_ by George Mackay, and neither of them listed "Rowan-
>" anything. I've got one more book I might try looking in when I
>get to work. I'll let you know if I find anything.
Johnston, James B. Place-Names of Scotland. 3rd ed. East Ardsley,
England: S. R. Publishers, 1970.
Johnston gives not only place names and his etymologies (which aren't
always all that trustworthy), but (of most use) he gives dated period
spellings of the place names listed. Only by finding a dated period
example of the place name can you determine for sure whether it
existed in period (and, of course, in what form it existed in period
;-) The etymology of a place name isn't all that helpful for
determining whether it is period or not (there are some purely modern
place names that look period).
But do note, as indicated, that Johnston's etymologies are not always
reliable -- his usefulness is in the dated examples.
Sharon L. Krossa, krossa@...