Our Gaelic Landscape: Glasgow
Did you know the origins of these Glaswegian place names?
Let’s start with Glasgow, from the Gaelic Glaschu. This in turn is believed to derive from the older Cumbric language spoken by early residents of Wales, North England and Southern Scotland. Glaschu is believed to mean “Dear Green Place”.
Here are a few local place names in Glasgow and the surrounding area, with their possible Gaelic origins.
How many did you know?
Achadh na Seagal – rye field.
Baile Cheusadain – the settlement of the crucifix.
Cathair Mhanach – round hill of the monk.
Cuil Calldainn – the corner of the hazels.
Druim Chapaill – ridge of the horse.
Gart nan Ubhal – the apple field.
Baile a’ Ghobhainn – township of the blacksmith.
Ath Bruic – the badger’s ford.
Muillean gaoithe or Meall na gaoithe – the windmill, or possibly ‘the hill of the wind’.
Sauchie Hauch – a meadow by a river, covered in willow trees.
Iochdar – low-lying ground.