Scottish Hill Names: Their Origin and Meaning

Scottish Hill Names: Their Origin and Meaning


By (author) Peter Drummond

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  • Publisher: Scottish Mountaineering Trust
  • Format: Hardback | 240 pages
  • Dimensions: 170mm x 240mm x 19mm | 784g
  • Publication date: 4 May 2007
  • Publication City/Country: Glasgow
  • ISBN 10: 0907521959
  • ISBN 13: 9780907521952
  • Edition: 2, New edition
  • Edition statement: 2nd New edition
  • Illustrations note: 38 pen & ink drawings,8 pages of colour illustrations including old maps
  • Sales rank: 564,870

Product description

This is a fascinating book about the origin, the meaning and the pronunciation of the names of Scotland's hills. This book explains the origin and the meaning of the names of Scotland's hills, as well as how to pronounce them. It also brings together many of the legends and stories behind particular hill names. This is a thoroughly researched, completely revised and expanded second edition which builds on the success of its predecessor - "Scottish Hill and Mountain Names". Many new names are detailed, including a significant increase in the coverage of Borders hill names and old forms of many hill names from 17th and 18th century maps brought to bear in explanations. The hills of Scotland are a significant part of the landscape and the names of these hills reflect the rich social and cultural history of Scotland over the past 500 years and all who have been there. These names are a legacy of the past and this book opens the door to this fascinating world.

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Author information

Peter Drummond has spent more than 20 years studying the origins of Scottish hill names. He holds a M.Sc. from Edinburgh University for his research on the hill-names of southern Scotland, and was until recently Convenor of the Scottish Place-name Society. As one of the leading exponents in this field of hill names, he is the author of several articles on the subject, as well as being a regular speaker at conferences.