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Scottish Place Names

Some rather unusual place names from around Scotland

Affleck : (Aberdeenshire) 'Place of Flagstones' - Scottish Gaelic

Altnaharra : (Highland) 'Walled stream' Allt = stream (Scottish Gaelic)

Aonach Eagach : (Highland) 'Airy notched ridge' Aonoch = steep hill (Scottish Gaelic)

Aros : (Argyll & Bute) 'River mouth' a = water (Norse) oss = river mouth (Norse)

Auchenshuggle : (Glasgow) 'Rye field' achadh = field (Scottish Gaelic)

 

Badcall : (Highland) 'Hazel clump' call = hazel tree (Scottish Gaelic)

Baldragon : (Dundee) 'Place of the hero' baile = place (Scottish Gaelic) draegon = dragon (Scottish Gaelic)

Balquhidder : (Stirling) 'Settlement of fodder' baile = homestead (Scottish Gaelic)

Barlinnie : (Glasgow) 'Hilltop beside the pool' barr = summit (Scottish Gaelic) linne = pool (Scottish Gaelic)

Bearsden : (Dunbartonshire) 'Boar's valley' Bar = Boar (Old English) denu = valley (Old English)

Bettyhill : (Highland) Named after Elizabeth = Countess of Sutherland

Buachaille Etive : (Argyll and Bute) 'The shepherd of Etive' Buachaille = shepherd (Scottish Gaelic)

Butt of Lewis : (Western Isles) May be from Old French buter - 'to butt out'

 

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