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English nameFort Augustus
Gaelic nameCille Chuimein

Location and type of place name

LocationInverness area, Highland
Local authorityHighland ~ A’ Ghàidhealtachd
Parish post 1891Boleskine & Abertarff
County post 1891Inverness-shire ~ Siorrachd Inbhir Nis
Topographical feature typeSettlement ~ Tuineachadh
Postcode areaPH32
Relevant main roadsA82
OS sheet number416
OS grid referenceNH375095
Type of namePlace ~ Àite


Element meaningG cill ~ church; Cuimein ~ personal name
Element typeperson, religion

External Resources

OS mapsGazetteer for Scotland

Further Information

Language notesG nom. sg. cill, fem. ‘church’ + gen. sg. of Cuimein, masc. personal name = ‘Cuimein’s Church’
Kiliwhiman 1800s Military Maps of Scotland
Cill Chuimein Dwelly 1912
Cill Chuimein Watson 1926, 303
Cille Chuimein Mac an Tàilleir.
Additional infoThe issue here is whether the first element is Cill or Cille. The epenthetic [e] is largely dependent on the proceeding consonant or vowel. In the case of names following Cill(e) beginning Ch-, an epenthetic vowel is generally the rule. On the other hand, Dwelly says: “Cille- A form of cill prefixed to the names of builders of churches.”
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