Loch Glow

Loch Glow DFL W NT088958 1 270m

Lochglo 1231 Dunf. Reg. no. 192 [the march between the forest of Outh (Vneth) and the land of Cleish (Cles) starts at the exit of Loch Glow between the north loch and the middle one (inter borealem lacum et mediocrem)]
L Glo 1654 Blaeu (Pont) West Fife [+ Dun-Glo]
Loch Glo 1654 Blaeu (Gordon) Fife
Loch Gloe 1753 Roy sheet 17, 5
Little Loch Gloe 1753 Roy sheet 17, 5
Loch Glow 1796 Bell/KNR
Loch Glow 1828 SGF

G loch + en Glow

W. J. Watson has suggested that this is a ‘British’ (i.e. Pictish) water-word, cognate with OW gloiu ‘liquid’, W gloyw ‘shiny’ (1926, 470), while Jacob King prefers a Celtic root *gleiwo- ‘gleaming, clear’.[122] The burn which flows out of it, known today as the Lead,[123] is called Aldlochglo in 1252 (SRO GD/254 no. 1), the first element of which is G allt ‘burn’, while the name has also been used in that of the neighbouring hill and hill-fort Dumglow (Dunglo 1231 Dunf. Reg. no. 192) Cleish KNR. On Ainslie/Fife (1775) it is not named individually but is simply one of the Cleish Lochs. It has been dammed, and is named on the OS Pathf. as Loch Glow Reservoir. The smaller loch to the west of Loch Glow is called Black Loch, through which passes the FIF/KNR boundary.


This place-name appeared in printed volume 1