About the project

The Place-Names of the Galloway Glens

This project, part of the Galloway Glens Landscape Partnership, is dedicated to exploring the heritage of Kirkcudbrightshire through its place-names. Place-names are a marvellous resource, allowing people to get in touch with the ‘intangible heritage’ of the past , seeing how people interacted with the environment round about them; seeing what they chose to commemorate and sometimes getting a glimpse of why.

Over the next few years, we will be surveying the place-names of seven historical parishes of Kircudbrightshire which overlap with the Galloway Glens Landscape Partnership project area. The parishes in question are: Carsphairn, Dalry, Kells, Balmaclellan, Balmaghie, Parton and Crossmichael.

Surveying will involve not just desk-work (gathering forms of names from historic maps and documents) but talking to people locally, to find out current names for places, pronunciations, traditions about names and places and much more.

The results of our work will be available online via this website, and, in due course, in a published book, part of The Survey of Scottish Place-Names: The Place-Names of Kirkcudbrightshire, Volume 1: The Glenkens Parishes. We will also be preparing other resources, such as guided walks based around place-names.