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- Publisher: BIRLINN LTD
- Format: Paperback | 336 pages
- Dimensions: 112mm x 150mm x 22mm | 200g
- Publication date: 1 August 2009
- Publication City/Country: Edinburgh
- ISBN 10: 1841588237
- ISBN 13: 9781841588230
- Edition statement: New edition
- Sales rank: 1,271,578
David Dorward's book on Scottish place-names is a fascinating volume that offers insight and intrigue into the myriad of wonderful place-names found across Scotland. Much more than simply a dictionary of place-names, Dorward makes the subject accessible to the general reader, with explanations of hundreds of names that are clear and concise, and often witty, and as well as meanings, David Dorward gives the correct pronunciation of Scottish names. This new edition is a mine of information for the inquiring schoolchild, the hill-walker or mountaineer, the local historian - everyone, in fact, who has ever wondered about the origins of the marvelous variety of place-names in Scotland. With many parts of names tracing their roots back to their Celtic, Gaelic or Old English origins, it presents an opportunity for readers to unravel for themselves the meanings of hundreds of local area and landscape names - leading them into fascinating by - ways that anyone who looks up one name will be irresistibly led to explore more deeply.
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David Dorward practiced as a solicitor before joining the staff at the University of St Andrews. He is the author of several other books, including Scottish Surnames (also published by Birlinn) and Dundee, Names, People and Places.