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Title: Settlement-names in Fife
Author: Taylor, R. Simon
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 1995
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The core of this thesis is divided into three sections: 1) linguistic and historical analysis of parish- and certain settlement-names of Fothrif (west Fife), within the boundaries of the medieval sheriffdom of Fife i.e. 39 parish-names, both obsolete and extant; and all settlement-names, both obsolete and extant, which contain the habitative elements baile, bý(r), caer, dùn, pett, ràth and toun, and the settlement-related element dabhach. These names are set out alphabetically under 33 headings, each heading a pre-Reformation parish. Each of these parishes is prefaced by a set of Introductory Notes, which give a brief history of the development of the parish as an ecclesiastical unit, and relate it to the parish boundaries shown on the O.S. 1" (7th Series) Map. 2) linguistic and historical analysis of all settlement-names recorded before c. 1650 in the combined medieval parishes of St Andrews and St Leonards, (east) Fife. 3) Elements Index containing an alphabetical list of all elements which occur regularly in the place-names listed in sections 1) and 2). Under each element are listed all names which contain that element through the medieval sheriffdom of Fife. The whole is preceded by three introductory chapters. Chapter 1 discusses the geology, geography and history of the whole of Fife, with special reference to place-names; it also defines Fothrif and the medieval sheriffdom of Fife. Chapter 2 contains a linguistic history of Fife, as revealed by the onomastic evidence. Special attention is paid to the interaction between Pictish and Gaelic, and between Gaelic and Older Scots. It also discusses a range of Gaelic linguistic features manifested by the place-names. Chapter 3 discusses the habitative elements baile, pett, dùn, caer, ràth and lios, especially the relationship between baile and pett, and the phenomenon of Pit-/Bal-substitution; attempts some conclusions about the nature of early medieval settlement in Fife; and adumbrates areas of further research in other parts of former Pictland not yet subjected to detailed onomastic analysis.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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