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English nameBanchory
Gaelic nameBeanncharaidh
Meaninghorn place

Location and type of place name

Local authorityAberdeenshire ~ Siorrachd Obar Dheathain
Parish post 1891
County post 1891Aberdeenshire ~ Siorrachd Obar Dheathain
Old geographical areaKincardine
Topographical feature typeSettlement ~ Tuineachadh
Postcode areaAB31
OS sheet number
OS grid referenceNO695957
Type of namePlace ~ Àite


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Language notes
SourcesByŭnghăry. Same sound for the Blairgowrie one. Byan’chori (Mitchell)
Byunnachari (R. Lamont) 2 others give Byunachor: Diack MS2276

As to the form Banchory, we have seen that Banchory-Ternan was of old Bennchar; other places vary between Banchor and Banchory. The probable explanation is that beannchar, which was originally a masculine o-stem, came to be declined like cathair, gen. cathrach, dat. cathraigh, a feminine palatal stem, thus giving a dative Beannchraigh; this has actually happened in the case of urchair, a shot, gen. urchrach. Watson 1926, 481
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