The Place-names of Assynt

November 23rd 2021

The Place-names of Assynt

This Project is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Scottish Natural Heritage


The Field Club’s constitution states its aims as ‘to encourage the study and enjoyment of the Assynt wildlife, landscape and geology’.  Most of the Club’s activities centre, predictably, on the wildlife of the parish. On occasion we do focus on the other aspects.

Such an opportunity arose late in 2021, after we had posted Gemma Smith’s superb addition to the Quinag Wildlife Project, entitled Ainmean-Àite na Cuinneige | The Place-names of Quinag.

In October 2021 some residual grant money became available from the Coigach and Assynt Living Landscape Partnership. We then matched this from the Field Club’s own funds. This combined fund allowed us to ask Gemma to put together a revised version of her 2019 thesis. The thesis was completed for a Degree of Master of Research from the Department of Celtic and Gaelic at the University of Glasgow.

We are delighted that Gemma’s thesis [6MB pdf] is now available on our website. It is a fascinating read, and it can be accessed by clicking on its full title below.

A rickle of stones. A name on a map’: The Place-names of Assynt


Ian M. Evans

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Mother and calf off Stoer Head Lighthouse (DAH) (15/06)

Small Magpie moth (Anania hortulata)

Single moth in garden, Culkein Drumbeg (DAH). This is only the second ever record of this micro moth in the West Sutherland recording area, VC108. The first record was on 1st June this year in the garden of the County Moth Recorder in Melvich on the north coast. However, this does make it the first ever record for Assynt. Photo Gallery - Moths. (14/06)

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Single bird flying over garden, Ardvar (Beccy Garvey) (12/06)

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Single butterfly, Nedd (Stefan Taylor) (12/06)

Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary

Single butterfly recently emerged at Glen Leraig (AS) (11/06)

Barn Owl

Single bird hunting over croft land, near Stoer primary school (Jane Livingstone) (11/06)

Scarlet Rosefinch

Single male bird appeared briefly in a garden at Clachtoll (AS) (10/06)