Since 2001, Alan James has been researching the history of Brittonic in southern Scotland and northern England between the fifth and twelfth centuries. In the course of this study, he has assembled a comprehensive series of notes on P-Celtic elements (in their neo-Brittonic forms) that occur - or, in the views of place-name scholars, may occur - in place-names in the regions between the Forth and Loch Lomond in the north and the Humber and Mersey in the south. These notes include etymological information, references to authoritative writings on philological questions, discussion of semantic issues, details of place-names found in Classical and Early Mediaeval sources and in early Welsh literature referring to the 'Old North', and full lists of current and obsolete place-names in which these elements (may) occur, with references to published records of early forms and scholarly discussions of these names.
In 2007 the Scottish Place-Name Society undertook to fund a project to digitise the database and make it available online. This work is being undertaken by Jacob King and Chris Yocum. The Scottish Place-Name Society are now proud to launch the letter A online. As further letters are added, extra functionality be extended, including:
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