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