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The name Govan, the Kirk and the Doomster Hill

MacQuarrie, Alan (1997) The name Govan, the Kirk and the Doomster Hill. Annual Report of the Society of Friends of Govan Old, 7. pp. 1-3.

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Abstract

The modern Gaelic name of Govan is Baile a'Ghobhainn, "smith's homestead", although there is no early attestation to this. I have suggested that this is probably a back-formation, since in modern pronunciation this would become Balgowan or Balgown, and since Govan appears to have been first and foremost an ecclesiastical settlement rather than a secular one, I have tentatively made the alternative suggestion that the name might derive from a diminutive form of Gaelic gob, "beak, nose": gobán, "little beak", referring to the promontory of raised ground on which the kirkyard is situated, stretching into the flood plain of the Clyde.

Item type: Article
ID code: 20095
Keywords: Govan, Doomster Hill, Scottish history, glasgow history, Scotland
Subjects: History General and Old World > Great Britain > Scotland
Department: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Social Work and Social Policy > Social Work
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Depositing user: Dr Alan Macquarrie
Date Deposited: 28 Jul 2011 11:25
Last modified: 06 Dec 2013 23:01
URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/20095

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