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English nameRosemarkie
Gaelic nameRos Maircnidh
Meaningheadland of the horse stream

Location and type of place name

LocationBlack Isle and Mid Ross
Local authorityHighland ~ A’ Ghàidhealtachd
Parish post 1891Rosemarkie
County post 1891Ross and Cromarty ~ Ros is Cromba
Topographical feature type
Post townNAIRN
Postcode areaIV12
OS sheet number432
OS grid referenceNH737577
Type of namePlace ~ Àite


Element meaningG ros ~ headland; Maircnidh ~ hydronym = 'horse stream'
Element typewater associated (except marsh)

External Resources

OS maps

Further Information

Language notesG nom. sg. ros, 'promontory' + en hydronym Maircnidh
Rosmarkensis 1228 Early Scottish Charters no. 74, 63.
Rosmarkie 1510. Brev. Aberd. Prop.
Roismerky 1529 RSS viii fol. 81.
Rosmerky 1587 RMS v no. 1331
Rosmarkie 1567 vi RSS no. 47
Ros-markie 1654 Blaeu Map (Moray)
Ros-marcanaidh Robertson Collection MS357, 102
"G Ros-maircnidh or Ros-marcanaidh also Ros-mharcanaidh" Watson 1904, 128
Ros Mhaircnidh Mac an Tàilleir
Ros Maircnidh TSR2
Additional infoIt is unclear if the lost name Invermarky relates to this site, see Watson 1904, 114 and Beveridge 1926, 28.
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