Gemma Smith


Research title: Shieling landscapes of North West Sutherland: people, place and ecology

Research Summary

I study Gaelic place-names as a source for the environmental history of the far north-west of Scotland. I am primarily interested in hills, trees, bothies, and relationships between humans and non-humans. 

#HistoryTalksLive - Gemma Smith: The Place-names of Assynt:




The Handa-Maid's Tale: An Island Shieling (St Magnus Conference 2021)

'No Masters, No Superiors': The Free State of Eddrachillis? ('Who Owned Scotland?' Conference 2021)

Additional Information

Settlement Place-names of North West Sutherland - two-hour Zoom workshop for the North West Training Centre, Kinlochbervie (April 2021)

Co-convenor of Onomastication, the University of Glasgow onomastics reading group (September 2021-present)