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Seeing and not seeing saints in the landscape

Thomas Owen Clancy writes: Happy Feast of St Brigit of Kildare! St Brigit, who according to tradition died in the early 6th century, and for whom we have written Lives and other texts dating back to the 7th century, was

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Food for thought

It is well known that body parts often form place-names and place-name elements. When this happens, it is usually because the observer (namer) sees a likeness between a landscape feature and, say, a person’s shoulder, nose or foot. Less known, however,

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PhD studentship on Berwickshire place-names

A funded PhD studentship on Berwickshire place-names has just been advertised at This is a great opportunity to undertake doctoral research at the University of Glasgow under the supervision of Prof. Carole Hough and Dr Simon Taylor. The studentship is

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Cognitive Toponymy project extended!

We are delighted to say that the Royal Society of Edinburgh has agreed to extend the Cognitive Toponymy project until June 2016! We intend to use the time to reflect on the project, look at what we have learned, and

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