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SunnysideA Sociolinguistic History of British House Names$
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Laura Wright

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780197266557

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197266557.001.0001

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Sunnyside and the North

Sunnyside and the North

(p.122) 5 Sunnyside and the North

Laura Wright

British Academy

This chapter considers the distribution and meaning of the 116 historic North British Sunnysides and 63 Greens given in the Sunnyside Gazetteer, and the distribution and structure of the Sunnyside of X and Greens of X construction. Sixteenth-century Medieval Latin Sunnysides are exerpted from the Records of the Sheriff Court of Aberdeenshire and the Register of the Great Seal of Scotland AD 1620-1633. The distribution when plotted forms three main groups: the first is the north-east of Scotland bounded by the Grampians, the second is the Central Lowlands, and the third is the border area of the Eastern Lowlands of Scotland and North-Eastern England divided by the Cheviots. The practice of ‘vesying the sunny side’ as a means of land-tenure division is described in North British and Nordic cultures. It is posited that the Sunnyside of X and Greens of X construction is Old Norse.

Keywords:   Medieval Latin, Scottish Gaelic, Old Norse

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