Study of Norse-Celtic place-names in the frontier zone of the medieval province of Moray. A pilot project for the Scottish place-name database

Project start date: 2000-09 Project end date: 2004-07
The place-names were collected as part of the Arts and Humanities Research Board-funded (AHRB) ‘Norse-Gaelic Frontier Project, which ran from autumn 2000 to summer 2001, the full details of which are published as Crawford and Taylor 'The Southern Frontier of Norse Settlement in North Scotland: Place-Names and History’ (2003). Its main aim was to explore the toponymy of the drainage basin of the River Beauly, especially Strathglass, with a view to establishing the nature and extent of Norse place-name survival along what had been a Norse-Gaelic frontier in the 11th century. While names of Norse origin formed the ultimate focus of the Project, much wider place-name collection and analysis had to be undertaken, since it is impossible to study one stratum of the toponymy of an area without studying the totality. The approximately 500 names, mostly with full analysis and early forms, were collected from unpublished documents. It makes no claims to being comprehensive, but it is hoped that it will serve as the basis for a more complete place-name survey of an area which has hitherto received little serious attention from place-name scholars
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Methods usedCategory
Searching and queryingData analysis
General website developmentData publishing and dissemination
Use of existing digital dataData capture
Funding sources: 
Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
Content types created: 
Dataset/structured data, Spatial, Text
Software tools used: 
Adobe SVG Viewer Plugin
Digital resource created:  
Database of place names with maps
Access to digital resource:  
Open Access
Data Formats created: 
Structured Query Language (SQL)
Publications:  
Crawford, Barbara E., and Taylor, Simon, 2003, ‘The Southern Frontier of Norse Settlement in North Scotland: Place-Names and History’, Northern Scotland 23, 1-76.

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UK HE institutions involved:
University of St Andrews

Project staff and expertise: 

Principal staff member:Dr Barbara E Crawford; Dr Simon Taylor
Other staff:Computing officer(s) / Technical supporter(s)
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Author(s) of recordSimon Taylor
TitleStudy of Norse-Celtic place-names in the frontier zone of the medieval province of Moray. A pilot project for the Scottish place-name database
Record created2007-04-19
Record updated2011-01-14 15:28
URL of recordhttp://www.arts-humanities.net/node/2105
Citation of recordSimon Taylor: Study of Norse-Celtic place-names in the frontier zone of the medieval province of Moray. A pilot project for the Scottish place-name database.
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created: 2007-04-19, last updated 2011-01-14 15:28