Project Status: Complete
Recovering the Earliest English Language in Scotland is a project that aims to uncover Old English place names in southern Scotland. Old English is the predecessor to both Middle English and Scots, and the project relies upon place names to provide evidence of the early Northumbrian dialect of the language. As of 2020, the database includes a list of over 500 place names in southern Scotland derived from Old English. Users can view the list of places alphabetically, by map, or through advanced searching for keywords and other salient qualities. Places can be displays on a map and frequently include a description of the place-name in addition to bibliography where available.
Users can download all project data through its API, and all data is made available under a Creative Commons license. One can also find a glossary of early place terms in addition to links to other projects with similar goals.
Modern Language: English
Medieval content details:
Dates: 500 - 1200
Subject: Early English Peoples, Early English Studies, Early Germanic Peoples, Early Medieval England, Geography, Landscape, Natural History, Linguisitcs, Literature, Maps, Material Culture, Old English, Philology, Towns, Cities, Travel, Pilgrimage, Vikings