We are priviledged to have met Alan James, a historical linguist who has recently retired to Gatehouse.

Dr. Alan G. James

read English philology and mediaeval literature at Balliol College, Oxford, 1962-5, then followed a career in schoolteaching, training teachers and research in modern linguistics. He maintained his interest in place-name studies through active membership of the Scottish Place-Name Society, the English Place-Name Society, and the Society for Name Studies in Britain and Ireland.

After retiring, he spent 2002-3 as a Visiting Scholar in Cambridge University’s Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic, studying Celtic philology.

Since then he has been working on the linguistic history of Northumbria and the 'Old North', and has published a number of articles on this subject in academic journals, as well as The Brittonic Language in the Old North: a guide to the place-name elements, which appears on the Scottish Place-Name Society web-site: http://spns.org.uk/resources/bliton.

Having come to know Galloway well since he first came to explore the land of Dervorgilla and John Balliol, he has lived in Gatehouse since 2010.

Click on the initial letter of a place name to download a .pdf file which should contain the name you are looking for..(new material will be added as it becomes available - work in progress)

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Page last updated on: Wednesday, 12 July, 2017.