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.Full text not available in this repository. (Request a copy from the Strathclyde author)
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.
|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|
|Depositing user:||Dr Alan Macquarrie|
|Date Deposited:||28 Jul 2011 10:25|
|Last modified:||28 Apr 2016 12:33|