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English nameForth River
Gaelic nameAbhainn Foirthe
Genitive formAbhainn Foirthe

Location and type of place name

Local authorityStirling ~ Sruighlea
Parish post 1891
County post 1891Stirlingshire ~ Siorrachd Shruighlea
Topographical feature typeRiver/Stream / Abhainn/Allt
Post townALLOA
Postcode areaFK10
OS sheet number
OS grid referenceNS918878
Type of nameOther ~ Eile


Element meaning 
Element typewater

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Further Information

Language notes 
SourcesWisge For: 1699 Lhuyd 71v
Forchu, pnf. Abhainn Fhorchu: MacFarlane's School Dictionary
[this is an antiquarian form]Foirthe: Watson 1926, 48 [not given as a modern form]

It is an extremely curious fact that the name is absolutely unknown in modern Gaelic: Watson 1926, 53
Forth, which we have seen to be Foirthe (fem.) in Gaelic: Watson 1926, 60

...the river of Burndow or Blackwater 1724 Description of Six Parishes in Perthshire,
Macfarlane Geogographical Collection Vol. 1 p. 343
An Abhainn Dubh: The Forth between Loch Ard and the Duchray Water: Newton
Abhainn dubh: Dwelly

It is also of note that Duchray Water contains the element 'black' and that the glen it runs through is 'Gleann Dubh'. This was once considered the start of the River Forth.
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