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English nameFort William
Gaelic nameAn Gearasdan
Meaningthe garrison

Location and type of place name

LocationLochaber, Highland
Local authorityHighland ~ A’ Ghàidhealtachd
Parish post 1891Kilmallie
County post 1891Inverness-shire ~ Siorrachd Inbhir Nis
Topographical feature typeSettlement ~ Tuineachadh
Postcode areaPH33
Relevant main roadsA82
OS sheet number416
OS grid referenceNN105741
Type of namePlace ~ Àite


Element meaningG gearastan ~ garrison
Element typetopography

External Resources

OS mapsGazetteer for Scotland

Further Information

Language notesG nom. sg. masc. def. art. an + nom. sg. of gearastan, masc. ‘garrison’
Gearasdan Dwelly 1912
Fort William / Ghearasdan OS current name
Gearasdan Lòchaidh-lòchiadh Diack 1944, 195
An Gearasdan Mac an Tàilleir
An Gearasdan current road signage.
Additional infoThis is a well established form. The form should technically be An Gearastan, but circumstances beyond orthographic consistency came to bear on this name.
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