Scottish Place-Name Papers

By William J. Watson

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A new collection of Professor Watson's published papers about the place-names of Scotland and their meaning.

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The eldest son of a blacksmith, William J Watson became a noted teacher and academic, laying firm foundations for the scientific study of place names in Scotland, and working tirelessly to improve the status of Gaelic, his mother tongue. This book contains most if not all of Watson's significant papers on place names, which appeared in such publications as The Celtic Review and the Transactions of the Gaelic Society of Inverness. They have never been gathered together in this way before. There is material here which prefigures the content of his magnum opus of 1926, The History of the Celtic Place Names of Scotland; there is also material which does not appear elsewhere. Although inevitably it contains a certain amount of duplication, for anyone interested in the origins and meanings of our Scottish place names this volume will provide a fascinating and rewarding insight into the methods and results of one of Scotland's most original place-name scholars.

The introduction is an expanded version of a paper previously published by Professor W F H Nicolaisen.

Additional Information

Additional Information

Format Paperback
Imprint Steve Savage Publishers
Publication Date 25 Nov 2002
ISBN 9781904246053
Number of Pages 256

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'... it is good indeed to see these articles, now a century old, in print once again ... The publisher is to be congratulated on producing this attractive paperback of Watson's collected articles and reviews. They have, in many instances, been out of public view for many decades, and it is extremely useful to have them now accessible in such a compact and user-friendly format.'

- I A Fraser, Scottish Place-Name News

'Professor William J Watson, one time head of Celtic at Edinburgh University, has left us forever in his debt. All the more reason, then, to celebrate the appearance of a new book: Scottish Place-Name Papers by William J Watson ... which brings together a variety of papers written by Watson, covering topics not necessarily dealt with in his two seminal works - Place-names of Ross and Cromarty (1904) and The History of the Celtic Place-names of Scotland (1926)'

- Roddy Maclean, Ross-shire Journal

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