Where every name tells a story

Exhibition reveals the mystery of place-names

19 March - 30 April 2018

This coastal place-name exhibition celebrates the beauty of the Dumfries and Galloway shoreline and the language used to describe it.

The exhibition features images depicting the coastline and the history and stories behind the origins of place-names which often use words that have disappeared from our everyday language.

When the 1st Edition Ordnance Survey maps were first surveyed in 1843 the surveyors were tasked with confirming the authenticity for each place name in the Object Name Book. When the maps were published the spoken word became a written word, and by appearing on a map it became the “official” name.

Nic Coombey, Solway Coastwise Coordinator, said: “We Used the Object Name Book as a starting point for the exhibition 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.”


Funding for the Coastwise project is provided by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Scottish Government and the European Union – LEADER 2014-2020 programme and Dumfries & Galloway Council.

Mossyard Bay
Mossyard Bay