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English nameKiltearn
Gaelic nameCill Tighearn
Meaningthe Lord's church
Genitive formChill Tighearn

Location and type of place name

LocationEaster Ross, Highland
Local authorityHighland ~ A’ Ghàidhealtachd
Parish post 1891Kiltearn Parish
County post 1891Ross and Cromarty ~ Ros is Cromba
Topographical feature typeReligious ~ Cràbhach
Postcode areaIV16
OS sheet number432
OS grid referenceNH616652
Type of namePlace ~ Àite


Element meaningG cill ~ church; tighearn ~ lord
Element type

External Resources

OS maps

Further Information

Language notesG nom. sg. cill, fem. ‘church’ + gen. sg. tighearn, ‘lord’ = 'The Lord’s church'
Keltierny 1227 Moray Reg. 75
Keltyern 1296 Rotuli Scotiae vol 1, 25
Kelt ?yerne 1296 Ragman Rolls M 30, 159
Kilteyrn 1439-40 Acts of the Lords of the Isles, no. 32
Kilteirn 1487 Acta Dom Conc, 236
parochia de Kilterne 1550 RMS iv no. 508
parochialis de Kilterne 1580 RMS iv no. 47
Kilterne 1608 RMS iv no. 2111
terrarum de Kilterne 1608 Retours (Ross and Cromarty) no. 29
parochia de Kilterne 1624 RMS viii no. 562
molendinum de Kilterne 1635 RMS ix no. 380
Kiltern 1654 Blaeu Map (Moray)
Kirk Kiltern 1730 Wade’s Military Maps of Scotland
G Cill-tighearn. Usually explained as Lord’s Kirk Watson 1904, 85
Kiltearn Parish = Sgìre Thighearna TSR
Cill Tighearn Mac an Tàilleir
Additional infoApplied to: Kiltearn Church ~ Eaglais Cill Tighearn, called simply 'Church' on 1880 OS 6 inch 1st edn.
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