Names of salmon pools in Berwickshire

Williamson, E. (2018) Names of salmon pools in Berwickshire. Onomastica Uralica, 12, pp. 87-100.

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In the study of Scottish and English hydronyms, attention has tended to focus on the names of rivers, lochs, lakes and smaller watercourses, like streams and burns. This paper concentrates on the names of salmon pools, water features which have been understudied in comparison, with a few notable exceptions (e.g. a series of articles on medieval fisheries by Victor Watts published between 1982 and 1997). Drawing on data from mid-19th-century Ordnance Survey sources, with reference to an 1864 list of salmon casts and a modern fisherman’s map, the corpus of salmon pool names under review here is located in four parishes (Mertoun, Eccles, Coldstream and Ladykirk) in the historical county of Berwickshire in Scotland. The southern boundaries of all four parishes are delineated by the River Tweed, a renowned salmon-fishing river. After presenting the salmon pool names, the paper suggests ways in which these microtoponyms and their elements may be categorised. It finishes by raising issues that need to be considered when determining the longevity of this type of name and the accuracy of such a corpus.

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:Berwickshire, hydronyms, microtoponyms, River Tweed, salmon fishing, salmon pools, Scotland.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Williamson, Dr Eila
Authors: Williamson, E.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Critical Studies > English Language and Linguistics
Journal Name:Onomastica Uralica
Publisher:Debrecen University Press
ISSN (Online):2061-0661
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2018 Debrecen University Press
First Published:First published in Onomastica Uralica 12: 87-100
Publisher Policy:Reproduced with the permission of the Editor

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
692241Recovering the earliest English language in ScotlandCarole HoughLeverhulme Trust (LEVERHUL)RPG-2015-424CRIT - ENGLISH LANGUAGE & LINGUISTICS