Celebrating Galloway’s Place Names

date_range 2nd November, 2022

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This events marks a celebration of recent work to better understand and interpret Galloway’s Place Names. Since 2018, the Galloway Glens Scheme has been working with the experts from the University of Glasgow’s School of Celtic & Gaelic Studies to really lift the lid on Galloway’s place names, where did they come from and what can they tell us about our ancestors. This culminated with the launch of the ‘Place Names of the Galloway Glens’ database. Now hosting more than 2,500 names, focussed on the Ken/Dee valley in the Stewartry, this database is available to all and is a great resource for academia and general interest. The day ends with an event in Kirkcudbright’s Dark Space Planetarium which gives an overview of findings. Professor Thomas Clancy, one of the architects of the database will be joined by the database’s co-author Gilbert Markus and local enthusiast Colin Mackenzie, editor of the much loved ‘DG Place Names’ social media accounts.
The Dark Space Planetarium