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English nameFoyers
Gaelic nameFoithir
Meaningshelving slope

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
Post townINVERNESS
Postcode areaPH32
Relevant main roadsIV2
OS sheet number416
OS grid referenceNH495207
Type of namePlace ~ Àite

Elements

Element meaningG foithir ~ slope
Element typetopography

External Resources

OS mapsGazetteer for Scotland
Pronunciation

Further Information

Language notesG foithir from fo preposition, 'under' + lenited oblique form of tìr, 'land'
Sources
Foir 1745 Herman Moll’s The East Part of the Shire of Inverness
Foithir* Dwelly 1912
Foithear Watson 1926, 509
Foithir Watson 2001 (1909), 159.
Foithear Mac an Tàilleir
Additional infoMac an Tàilleir: “Shelving slope”. The Falls of Foyers are Eas na Smùide, “the smoky waterfall”. The Laird of Foyers was Fear Foithreach.
Watson 1909: “means ‘low-land’; here ‘little slope‘ or ‘terrace’.”
The most likely derivation for this name is Watson’s fo, ‘under, low’ + tìr, ‘land’. It is possible, though unlikely, that this name reflects a primary river-name. The present name, however, is lexically obscure and does not take the article.
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