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English nameElgin
Gaelic nameEilginn
Meaning(New) Ireland

Location and type of place name

Local authorityMoray ~ Moireibh
Parish post 1891
County post 1891Moray ~ Moireibh
Topographical feature typeSettlement ~ Tuineachadh
Post townELGIN
Postcode areaIV30
OS sheet number
OS grid referenceNJ216629
Type of namePlace ~ Àite


Element meaning
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Further Information

Language notes
Eilginn Am Fèillire 1873, 16
Eilgin Dieckhoff Dictionary
eilginn elikin (palatal n) Diack, Inscriptions, 195
Eligin usually, occasionally eligiN’[i.e. Eilgin, usually occasionally Eilginn] Diack, Place-names of Pictland, I, 128
Eilginn Robertson MS
Eilginn Watson, letter in the Scotsman May 19 1913.
Eilginn Watson in Dwelly
Eilginn Watson 1926, 231
Additional infoCf also Watson in the Celtic Review vol 9, 176.

“I was… taught to pronounce the name in Gaelic, not Eilginn… but Eiliginn and in the north-west of Perthshire it is still so pronounced by the old natives. To those unacquainted with the language, the pronunciation of the word, as near as I can give it phonetically, is AEle-ghinn (or AEle-ckin), with slight emphasis on the AEle, the gh hard, as in k, and the in rather soft.” Letter to the Scotsman from ‘’Letterfinlay” in Morayshire May 20, 1913.

It would seem that the local form for Elgin is Eilginn, whilst a non-local form exists as Eilgin (such as that gathered by Dieckhoff in Glengarry). The proposed form is well established.
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