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Maggie Scott takes the reader round the kingdom from Dumfries to Shetland to give an explanation for the meanings of the locations that make up contemporary Scotland.

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In keeping with a subject matter of the Scottish mountain climbing membership magazine from 1948, the easiest identified instance of a mountain howff is the guard Stone of Loch Avon. Howf may also denote a take care of with a latrine utilized by workmen on a development website, as recorded within the periodical The Builder (1952). In Dundee, howf (perhaps a distinct be aware) additionally shows the burial-ground within the centre of town which used to be initially the courtyard of the Greyfriars Monastery. This use of howf, which means a churchyard or kirkyard, was once additionally identified to neighborhood ‘informants’ (or dictionary spies) from Kincardineshire and Ayrshire, who helped supply info for the Scottish nationwide Dictionary (1931–76). Kirk − a really attribute Scottish time period nowa days, kirk is derived from outdated Norse kirkja ‘church’. through the center a while, despite the fact that, the observe kirk was once additionally present in many components of britain, due to the effect of the Danelaw, the realm of north-east England that used to be lower than Danish rule in the course of elements of the 9th and 10th centuries. a different set of place-names containing kirk are of specific historic curiosity simply because they display an intermixing of Celtic and Germanic cultures. in relation to Kirkcudbright, for instance, kirk is mixed with a kind of the identify of the English Saint Cuthbert, the place-name’s constitution following the word-order average of Celtic languages like Gaelic. Had the common Germanic word-order present in Scots, previous Norse and outdated English been used in its place, Kirkcudbright might most likely were named Cuthbert’s Church or Cuthbert’s Kirk, with the qualifying time period previous the noun. resort − in addition to its Masonic connections, there are many different Scottish contexts the place hotel has a selected that means. In mining circles it might consult with a pithead preserve, as defined by way of Thomas Stewart in one of the Miners (1893): the resort, that's, a bit impolite hut that no ‘hill’ used to be thought of whole with out in these days. the following, ‘hill’ is the pithead the place the piles of hewn coal collect. within the Highlands, a hotel may well in its place be a home used basically to deal with hunters throughout the taking pictures season. Mains − this time period for the house farm of an property, cultivated for the owner, nonetheless happens all through Scotland as a farm identify, taking the shape ‘Mains of . . . ’ in northern Scotland and as ‘. . . Mains’ within the remainder of the rustic. Examples comprise Blackburn Mains and Carberry Mains in West Lothian, and Mains of Ardestie and Mains of Balgavies in Angus. The be aware is a shortened kind of demense ‘land possessed or occupied through the landlord himself, and never held of him through any subordinate tenant’, and was once borrowed from Anglo-Norman. Pendicle − usually talking, a pendicle is whatever depending on, or subordinate to, anything else and in place-names it always exhibits a bit of land that initially shaped a part of a bigger protecting or farm. a few names suffer curious adjustments while their which means ceases to be obvious. top in Roxburgh appears one such identify, recorded as Pendickill on a seventeenth-century map, yet later re-interpreted.

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