Thursday, 31 December 2015

Golspie Place Names

Sourced from many books & lists by Christine Stokes. Offered here not as a definitive list but solely as a genealogical guide. 
Golspie is a small parish, being only eight miles in length and six in breadth. Here is the residence of the Earls of Sutherland, Dunrobin Castle. The ancient name of the parish was Culmaily, but in 1619 the church was transferred to Golspie. The parish name is Norse, Gill’s-bie, the township of the glen.

In the 18th century the only road in the parish was the shore road leading to Caithness; townships were linked merely by footpaths and riding tracks. Before the Mound was made, the river was tidal to above Morvich and flooding occurred at high tides and with the river in spate.

A map of Golspie which shows the main places in this list together with the notes shown here as to position should help you find where your ancestors lived! There is a Google map of Golspie are on right.

There are also a few maps HERE including map above in full size. By right clicking on each map you can save a copy to your own computer. 
ABERSCROSS (Aberschoir, Hibberscor, Abbirscross, Aberscors – natives pronounced it Aberscaig – water – could be Pictish) – Aberscross is on Strath Fleet behind Mound, near Morvich and Kinnauld, Rogart – there was also East Aberscors – which lay just below Aberscross towards Craigton
ACHLUNDY – inland from Strathlundy
AULDSPUTIE (Sputie) – north of Strathsteven
BACKIES – Norse, Banks – north of Golspie village near Dunrobin
BADDAN (Badan) – Gaelic, a small location – near Kirkton and Culmaily
BALBLAIR – Gaelic, township plain – near Loch Fleet and the Mound
BALNACLACH – on shore near Strathsteven
BIG BURN - one of the finest woodland walks in Sutherland through beautiful woodland to the burn itself
CLAYSIDE – Gaelic, a raised fence, an enclosure or Norse, cliff hamlet – north of Dunrobin
COXTOWN & BRIDGEND – northern end of Golspie village
CRAIGTON (Craigtoun) – in the same area as Aberscross near Loch Fleet
CROIT FHRAOCH (Krontuich) – near Uppat
CULMAILIE (Culmaily, Culmaily Kirkton) – Gaelic, church saint or from Cuil Mhailidh, narrow place – south of Golspie village
CULMAILIE MILNTON – inland from Ballone and Lonmore
DEER PARK – in the area of Golspie Tower and Golspie Burn
DRUMMUIE (Drummuy) – Gaelic, ridge on plain – south of Golspie village, near Rhiorn
FARLARLY (Farralarrie) – Gaelic, Fuar-laraich, cold habitations – north of Dunrobin Glen near Achvoan, Rogart
GLEN – west of Backies – good distance inland
GOLSPIE (Golspikirkton) – Norse, Kill’s big farm
GOLSPIE BURN – small cluster of houses in 1841 census close to Golspie Tower
GOLSPY MILNTON (Golspie Mills)
GOLSPIE TOWER (Golspytour) – next to Rhives, to the west of Golspie village
IRONHILL – in 1841 census shown in same area as Culmaily
KIRKTON – known as Golspie Kirkton this is now Duke Street (Birth of a Village, Margaret Wilson Grant)
LITTLEFERRY (Ferrytown) – south of Golspie, at mouth of Loch Fleet
LONMORE (Lonemore) – near Balloan
MELLAIG – north of Dunrobin and Clayside
MORVICH – Pictish, plain by the sea or large field by the sea – near Mound & Aberscross
MOUND – on main road at Loch Fleet
OLD RIVES – on shore south of Golspie
ORLTOWN (Allertoun) – near Golspie Mills
RHIORN – near Lonmore
RHIVES (Rives of Golspy) – English form of Gaelic, a slope – west of Golspie village – see also Old Rives
SALACHIE (Sallach, Sallachton) – Gaelic, muddy – close to Balloan
STRATHLUNDY – behind Culmaillie
STRATHSTEVEN – north of Dunrobin on main road
UPPAT – Norse, high place – pronounced ‘oopaid’ – north of Dunrobin, opposite Strathsteven and close to Doll, Clyne
updated 12/03/2016

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