New book tells the story of the place-names of Bute

Pictured at the launch of The Place-Names of Bute are (L-R): Paul Duffy, Discover Bute project manager for archaeology; Dr Gilbert Markus, the book's author; Jessica Herriot, who will be responsible for looking after the Discover Bute learning resource into which a copy of the book is being placed; Patricia McArthur from Rothesay Library, which hosted the book's launch and is also hosting the DBLPS learning resource; and Bridget Paterson, Discover Bute's project co-ordinator.
Pictured at the launch of The Place-Names of Bute are (L-R): Paul Duffy, Discover Bute project manager for archaeology; Dr Gilbert Markus, the book's author; Jessica Herriot, who will be responsible for looking after the Discover Bute learning resource into which a copy of the book is being placed; Patricia McArthur from Rothesay Library, which hosted the book's launch and is also hosting the DBLPS learning resource; and Bridget Paterson, Discover Bute's project co-ordinator.

The latest contribution to the legacy of the Discover Bute Landscape Partnership Scheme was launched this week.

Dr Gilbert Markus from the University of Glasgow has produced an authoritative 630-page book called The Place-Names of Bute, revealing the often fascinating human stories behind many of the town, village and farm names on the island.

“I’ve very much enjoyed working on the book,” Dr Markus said at the official launch of the book at Rothesay Library.

“It’s been a great opportunity, and an opportunity to do much more than I had anticipated - I originally saw it as running to about 150 pages, and it’s now got to around 630.

“The idea was to use the island’s place names to shed light on the island’s history and archaeology. These place names are not just names - they are a window through which we can investigate the way people lived in the past.”

Paul Duffy, Discover Bute’s archaeology project manager, said: “Dr Markus’s book is a valuable addition to the Discover Bute legacy and a fantastic piece of scholarship which every household on Bute can enjoy.”

A copy of The Place-Names of Bute has been placed in the Discover Bute learning resource at Rothesay Library, an archive gathered during the four years of the project which will be open to the public as a source of research material and information about the island.