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English nameRoybridge
Gaelic nameDrochaid Ruaidh
Meaningthe bridge of the Roy

Location and type of place name

LocationLochaber, Highland
Local authorityHighland ~ A’ Ghàidhealtachd
Parish post 1891Kilmonivaig
County post 1891Inverness-shire ~ Siorrachd Inbhir Nis
Topographical feature typeSettlement ~ Tuineachadh
Postcode areaPH31
Relevant main roadsA86
OS sheet number400
OS grid referenceNN275815
Type of namePlace ~ Àite


Element meaningG drochaid ~ bridge; ruaidhe ~ river name
Element typecolour, communicationwater associated (except marsh)

External Resources

OS mapsGazetteer for Scotland

Further Information

Language notesG nom. sg. drochaid, masc. ‘bridge’ + lenited gen. sg. of river name Ruaidh
Drochaid Ruaidh Dieckhoff 1932
Drochaid Ruaidh Robertson MS363, 35
Drochaid Ruaidh current road signage
Additional infoThe article would not be expected here because the element ruaidh here represents the river, not the adjective 'red'. This is corroborated by the English / SSE version of the name, which is Roybridge after the river, rather than *Redbridge.
The river-name could reflect an older Celtic root of which both the river-name Ruaidh and the adjective ruadh are cognates. The name is somewhat understood as an abstract noun of the adjective, thus ruaidhe, 'redness'.
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