Alhang

Place-name: Alhang
Suggested Meaning: rock of the ?
Gaelic al ‘rock’
?Gaelic ding ‘wedge’
Location: OS Map Six-inch Scotland 1888-1913
Forms: Aldhing (1654, Johan Blaeu ), Alhinge (1797, Ainslie), Allhang, Alhang (1848-51, OS Names Book)
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Alwhat (left) and Alhang (right)             ( photo Robert Guthrie)

The entry for Alhang in Ordnance Survey Namebook, Kirkcudbrightshire 1848-151, Vol. 5 gives the following description –

The first syllable in this name appears tolerable plain to be the Gaelic Aill, A precipice, a rock or Steep place but the affix, hang, is rather difficult to trace its derivation. I believe it is much changed by the lowland pronunciation.

The early form Aldhing (Blaeu, 1654) makes the Gaelic ding ‘wedge’ [1] worthy of consideration; however it is pronounced ‘jeeng’.  While of course in this neck of the woods the terms ‘hing’ and ‘hang’ are interchangeable but that’s not to suggest it was a hanging hill or Gallows hill!

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References

  1. [1] Edward Dwelly ‘Illustrated Gaelic-English Dictionary’ (1902-1912)

Maps

Ordnance Survey Name Books