This resource allows you to search the Place-Names of the Galloway Glens database. This has been compiled for the project of the same name under the auspices of the Galloway Glens Landscape Partnership. THIS IS A WORK IN PROGRESS and the database is in the process of being refined, augmented and corrected.

The database contains all the place-names in seven parishes in the upper part of the GGLP area: Balmaclellan, Balmaghie, Carsphairn, Crossmichael, Dalry, Kells and Parton. The bulk of the names are those harvested from the Ordnance Survey 1st edition 6” maps made for Kirkcudbrightshire in the 1850s, and to these have been added many names from earlier sources. In many cases the name as represented on that map represents the only historical form we currently have in the database for the names. However, in many other cases we have supplemented these with historical forms of the place-names derived from a variety of other sources (maps, charters, etc.). You can browse the sources the historical forms are taken from in the Browse function. Historical forms are often important for revealing the original form of a name; but also the run of historical forms can sometimes act as something of a historical guide, e.g. to who owned a particular farm in the past.

We have attempted to provide all names with some form of analysis: what language the name is (or seems to be); what elements it is made up of; what each of these means; and what the overall name probably meant when coined. You will find various other details relating to the location of the place. In some cases it is difficult to know what a place-name means or what language it is in, and we have provided some discussion of these. There are other discussions on interesting points relating to both names and places throughout the database.

There are various ways to search the database:

Quick Search retrieves place-names containing any string of letters in the modern spelling of the name or in any element(s) from which it may derive. An asterisk wildcard is used to find place-names/elements beginning with the string (e.g. hall*), ending with the string (e.g. *hall) or with the string in the middle (e.g. *hall*). Double quotation marks are used to find an exact search (e.g. "hall"). Special characters, such as Old English æ and þ, can be pasted into the search box.

Browse Place-Names retrieves place-names ordered alphabetically by current or historical spelling, chronologically by date of earliest record, or by source, parish or type of feature.

The Element Glossary retrieves elements alphabetically or by language, with links to the place-name(s) in which they appear.

The Advanced Search allows you to specify a range of search parameters, using the same wildcards as for the Quick Search.

Results can be displayed as text or in map format. A range of map options is available by clicking on the menu icon on the map page. The map legend identifies icons representing type of place, date, altitude or language. Clicking “unselected” in the map legend will show the other place-names in the resource as grey dots.

Some identifications are less secure than others. The Certainty level ranges from 1 (Certain) to 3 (Uncertain).

For direct access to the data you may use the project's API.

All place-name data is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.Creative Commons License

Place-name data

The place-name data featured in this resource is copyright of the University of Glasgow. Tables of data are available to download as csv files, or as JSON data from the project's API. All place-name data taken from this resource should be properly attributed. They are made available through a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International licence. This allows users to share and adapt the materials freely with the appropriate attribution. Please see further details of this licence here:

Parish Boundaries

Copyright Scottish Government, contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right (2018). View the parish data website

Map Layers

The map interface was produced using the Leaflet.js library. Attribution for the base layers is as follows:

Default map:
Tiles © Esri — Esri, DeLorme, NAVTEQ, TomTom, Intermap, iPC, USGS, FAO, NPS, NRCAN, GeoBase, Kadaster NL, Ordnance Survey, Esri Japan, METI, Esri China (Hong Kong), and the GIS User Community

Satellite map:
Tiles © Esri — Source: Esri, i-cubed, USDA, USGS, AEX, GeoEye, Getmapping, Aerogrid, IGN, IGP, UPR-EGP, and the GIS User Community

Satellite map with labels:
Base map data © OpenStreetMap contributors, CC-BY-SA, Imagery © Mapbox

Modern OS map:
Ordnance Survey OpenData. Contains OS data © Crown copyright and database right (2021)

OS 1840-1880 map:
National Library of Scotland Historic Maps

OS 1920-1933 map:
National Library of Scotland Historic Maps