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English nameThurso
Gaelic nameInbhir Theòrsa
Meaningconfluence of the Thurso

Location and type of place name

LocationCaithness, Highland
Local authorityHighland ~ A’ Ghàidhealtachd
Parish post 1891Thurso
County post 1891Caithness ~ Gallaibh
Topographical feature typeSettlement ~ Tuineachadh
Post townTHURSO
Postcode areaKW14
Relevant main roadsA9, A836
OS sheet number451
OS grid referenceND115680
Type of namePlace ~ Àite


Element meaningG inbhir ~ confluence; Theòrsa ~ Norse river name
Element typetopographywater associated (except marsh)

External Resources

OS mapsGazetteer for Scotland

Further Information

Language notesG nom. sg. inbhir, masc. ‘confluence’ + gen. sg. of *T(h)eòrsa Norse river name
Inbhir-Sheòrsaidh 1875 An Fhianuis
ann an Ionmhar-Horsa' 1899 Songs and Poems in Gaelic, by Ron Donn vol 2, 241
Inbhir Theòrsa Watson in Dwelly
Norse Thjórsá Watson 1926, 36
Inbhir-Thòrsa Cruinne-eolas Alba an Deo-Greine, 1920 Leabhar xv, 74
Additional infoThis is an established name and was on previous signs.
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