11: Mutation of Gaelic surnames in Kintyre

11: Mutation of Gaelic surnames in Kintyre

11: Mutation of Gaelic surnames in Kintyre

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by Angus Martin


Angus Martin’s presentation will examine a selection from the many Gaelic surnames in Kintyre which underwent radical transformation during the past three centuries and will also look at the influences behind these changes. Examples will include Ó Braonain, which became Arnot, Mac Gille Mo-luaig which became Milloy and Mac an Sporain which became Pursell in some families, but, exceptionally, died out completely in Kintyre, leaving only McSporrans.

Image caption: The 2010 edition of Kintyre Families.

About the speaker

Angus Martin was born in Campbeltown in 1952 and has spent virtually all his life there. He has been writing since his early teens and his first work accepted for publication, at the age of sixteen, was two poems for the Edinburgh University Press anthology, Scottish Poetry 4. His first book, The Ring-Net Fishermen, was published in 1981 and was followed by thirty-five others, large and small and comprising history, local history and poetry. He is at present working on an encyclopaedia of Kintyre Families, from which his talk will be drawn. His pleasures include hill walking, cycling, reading, and imbibing his neighbourhood malt whisky, Glen Scotia.

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16-Nov-2022 @ 19:30

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