What’s the story of Larry’s Isle name?

The Galloway News - - THE WEEKEND TICKET -

A new ex­hi­bi­tion cel­e­brat­ing the beauty of the Dum­fries and Gal­loway shore and the lan­guage used to de­scribe it can be seen at the Mill on the Fleet in Gate­house.

The ex­hi­bi­tion fea­tures images de­pict­ing the coast and the his­tory and sto­ries be­hind place names which of­ten use words that have dis­ap­peared from ev­ery­day lan­guage.

When the Ord­nance Sur­vey maps were first sur­veyed in 1843 the sur­vey­ors were asked to con­firm the au­then­tic­ity of each place name in a special book. When the maps were pub­lished the spo­ken word be­came a writ­ten word and by ap­pear­ing on a map it be­came the “of­fi­cial” name.

Sol­way Coast­wise co-or­di­na­tor Nic Coombey, pic­tured, said: “We used the ob­ject name book as a start­ing point to ex­plore how names such as Bloody Neuk, Gauger’s Loup and Dook­ers Bing have evolved and what they mean.

“Place names fea­tured that are lo­cal to Gate­house in­clude The Borg, Cor­bies Cove, Craig­nes­ket and Larry’s Isle.”

The Mill on the Fleet is open from 10am to 5pm daily un­til the end of October and ad­mis­sion is free.

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