This was my second #30DayMapChallenge (link to 2020’s maps). I started this November planning to only do a few maps; then I decided I’d do them all, but limit myself to 30 minutes a day…then an hour; then I decided I could get to my other things in December. Here’s all 30.
The title of each day links to where I posted the map on Twitter. The tweets have more information about the maps.
I also looked at knowes in the #30DayChartChallenge in Distribution of Scots hill-name elements in Dumfries and Galloway by height.
This is made from all 259,217 Dumfries and Galloway entries on the 2nd edition, six inch Ordnance Survey joined horizontally and then vertically. I did a similar thing here: Burnside: The most common place-name in Scotland.
The first transport map of the challenge. I only realised after posting that I’d cut parts of the Machars and Kirkcudbrightshire off. Those places are more than 60 km from a train station – I hadn’t thought to factor that distance into the map.
From Maxwell’s entry for Honey Pig, Old Luce in his The Place Names of Galloway (1930): “This should be written and pronounced L. Sc. Hinnie Pig, a jar of honey. It is a modern name, dating from a former bee-keeper’s establishment.”
The grey for Other looked clearer when I was making this. It’s pretty hard to see on my phone. The elements are listed by frequency, based on the entries in Open Street Map. However, as sections of road get their own entry, ‘road’ itself is unlikely to actually top the list in terms of frequency.
Post Office Knowe is the only Scottish place-name with ‘Post Office’ as its specifying element. I previously tweeted about the name here. There are plenty of post offices still to be added to Open Street Map. I’ve added a few recently, so this map would look different if made today.
A Delaunay triangulation of GREEN in Scottish place-names, 1817 in total. here is a version with a background map of Scotland: Green over background map.
My most popular tweet ever.
My notes on the field-names of Killymingan, Kirkgunzeon are here.
1140 names in total.
The subject of this map was decided by a Twitter poll. I wanted to make one about Deil/Devil place-names but foolishly put ‘cat place-names’ in as an option, forgetting momentarily that the internet likes cats. I wrote a note about the name Cat Stran(d) here.
After posting this map, I was told about some Dumfries names in Canada. I might get round to remaking it.
The OS records no names in grid square NX8656. However, the information supplied by Alistair Clark has added 10 names to this grid square and there’s still space for more to be uncovered by future field-names surveys.
I made a 10, 20 and 30 minute version of this map here.