Dedicated to the memory of Anne M MacDonald, Alligin, the instigator of this project
Currently involved in this project are:
- Murdoch MacDonald, brother of Anne. Murdoch has written several books about Torridon and is the author of the book The Place Names of Loch Torridon which accompanies this web site
- Donald MacDonald, brother of Murdoch and Anne. Donald is one of the few remaining native Gaelic speakers in the Torridon area and has been involved with the web site since its inception. He is currently adding the photographs which enhance the information.
- Alice MacLennan, from Shieldaig. Alice has also been involved in the web site since the beginning and did much of the work on the spead-sheets which helped generate the map.
We are indebted to others who, in bygone years, recognised the importance of collecting names and whose work we acknowledge below:
- William Watson (died 1948), author of The Place Names of Ross and Cromarty, was born in Easter Ross to a Gaelic speaking family.
- Rev Charles Robertson (died 1927). A Gaelic scholar and minister who spent some years in Shieldaig. Robertson’s collections of place-names are currently only available in manuscript form in the National Library of Scotland.
- Rt Hon Captain Lionel King-Noel (died 1929). King -Noel was a member of the Lovelace family. He had no Gaelic but may have been approached by Ordnance Survey for place-names on his estate. He acknowledges the help of an unnamed scholar with Gaelic spelling.
- Roy Wentworth (died 2003), author of Faclain is Abairtean a Ros an Iar and a renowned Gaelic scholar.
- Bridget MacKenzie (died 2014) who, when a warden at Craig Hostel in the 50s, collected place-names from Diabaig and Alligin people.
- Iain MacKenzie, Diabaig. He was the most knowledgeable source of names between Diabaig and Redpoint and of great assistance to both Roy Wentworth and Bridget Mackenzie.
If visitors to this site have any further information on names, stories etc, we would be delighted to hear these. Response can be made by sending an email on the contact page
- Roddy Maclean for enthusiastic support and encouragement, particularly in the early and late stages of the project. His help with grammar, spelling and the use of standardised Gaelic has been invaluable to us.
- Gordon Cameron for funding application via Applecross Historical Society.
- Peter MacAulay for help with Gaelic.
- Donald McGregor, Iain MacLennan, Janene Waudby and Pete Meredith for assistance with computing.
- Gairloch Museum for access to records.
- Alistair MacLean, Donald Beaton, John D MacDonald, Norman Cameron, Iain Livingstone, ourselves and many other community members for names and stories.
- D G MacDonald (Donnie London) for access to his collection of old photographs.
- Richard Cockburn, Adrian Gaughan, Seamus MacNally and Steve Carter for more recent photographs.
- Bord na Gaidhlig for funding
Very many thanks to all who contributed. It couldn’t have been done without you
Alice MacLennan, Donald MacDonald. Murdoch MacDonald