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« Reply #8: April 21, 2008, 09:51:25 am »

Where is the Highland line?  For example, for English weatherforecasters, the north of Scotland is anywhere above the central belt.  For people who live there, it's Inverness and above.

The "pit" placenames I've seen are in the Grampian region of Scotland, which also speaks the Doric dialect.  I only know a few words in it, having lived in Aberdeen for five years.

You're quite right...My two answers would be roughly agreeing with weatherforecasters as seems to be the most common perception, or according to geography, which would roughly be a line going from south-west to north-eastish starting somewhere north of Loch Lomond and going up. As I understand it some people see Ben Lomond as the starter of the Highlands, others Glencoe over on the west side, it depends on who you ask.

Pit placenames are most common over in the east, outwith the geographical Highland area as you've defined it, but there's plenty of evidence to show it was common in the more traditionally Gaelic speaking areas (and definitely Highland) where it was replaced with the word 'baile' at some point. It wasn't unheard of for placenames to be translated into different languages as they changed in a particular area, so it's not surprising. I'm referring to Watson's Celtic Placenames of Scotland here, but I'm sure Nicolaisen's more up to date Placenames of Scotland goes into it as well, with pretty pictures. Watson gives 7 examples in Sutherland, 17 in Ross and 10 in Inverness-shire alone. 

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