Tarf Watter, Wigtounshire

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No tae be confuised wi the Tarff Watter that is a tributary of the River Dee forder east in Gallowa.
Tarf Watter near Kirkcowan

The Tarf Watter is a river in the historical coonty o Wigtounshire in Dumfries an Gallowa, Scotland. It rises on the Ayrshire mairch(55°00′17″N 4°46′53″W / 55.0048°N 4.7815°W / 55.0048; -4.7815 (Tarf Water, source)) an flowes in a generally sootheastlins direction tae meet the River Blaidnoch near the veelage o Kirkcowan.(54°54′37″N 4°34′45″W / 54.9103°N 4.5792°W / 54.9103; -4.5792 (Tarf Water, mouth)). It haes no major tributarys bit is fed bi a rowth o burns that tuim an aurie chairacterised bi drumlins, an muckle o whit haes been afforestit.[1]

The name Tarm derives fae the Proto-Indo-European leid root *tauro- "bull, auroch". Bulls occur frequent in Celtic river names, an thir names micht hae haed a mythological raither nor a literal referent.[2][3] Like ither exemples o this name in soothren Scotland, 'Tarf' is Gaelic in form bit is likely tae derive in turn fae an earlier Cumbric cognate.[2][3]

References[eedit | eedit soorce]

  1. Ordnance Survey 1:50,000 scale Landranger map sheets 76 Girvan and 82 Stranraer & Glenluce
  2. a b James, Alan G. (2014). The Brittonic Language in the Old North: A Guide to the Place-name Evidence (PDF). Volume 2: Guide to the Elements. pp. 352–353. Archived frae the original (PDF) on 11 September 2014.
  3. a b Watson, William J. (1926). The History of the Celtic Place-Names of Scotland. Edinburgh and London. pp. 453.

External links[eedit | eedit soorce]

  • Media relatit tae Tarf Water at Wikimedia Commons
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Coordinates: 54°56′43″N 4°43′32″W / 54.9454°N 4.7256°W / 54.9454; -4.7256