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Patrick Thompson



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 06, 2009 9:35 pm    Post subject: Sons of Thomas -- Thom(p)son is MacTavish Reply with quote

Dr. George Calder, Glasgow University, published A GAELIC GRAMMAR a close examination of the Gaelic Language.

The selected pages show indeed that Thom(p)son is MacTavish.

You may find “A Gaelic Grammar” at” http://www.archive.org/details/gaelicgrammarcon00cald


A GAELIC GRAMMAR
CONTAINING
THE PARTS OF SPEECH
AND
THE GENERAL PRINCIPLES OF PHONOLOGY
AND ETYMOLOGY
WITH
A CHAPTER ON PROPER AND PLACE NAMES

BY

GEORGE CALDER. B.D., D. LITT.,

Lecturer in Celtic, University of Glasgow.


GLASGOW

Alex. MacLaren & Sons,
360-362 Argyle Street

1923
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p. 8
“….Many of the derivations which he suggests are surprising, but, as Dr. Calder does not express hesitation on the matter, we must assume from his certainty that the surprise is due to our ignorance rather than to any far-fetched subtlety." — " Glasgow Herald."

"The name Colquhoun, whose pronunciation puzzles English people, is, so far as its derivation goes, as much of a puzzle to Scotsmen. Who would imagine it is a corrupted Gaelic equivalent of Thomson? In his Gaelic Grammar published the other day. Dr. George Calder seems to have little difficulty in proving that the MacTavishes, Holmes, MacCosh's, and MacCombies and the M'Couns of Galloway, as well as the Colquhouns and Maclehoses, are really all ' sons of Thomas.' " — " Glasgow News."
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p. 19

3. In a few proper name, mac son, projects the final c which eclipses the following consonant, and the pretonic unstressed ma of mac is dropped, e.g.

MacDhomhnill Macdonald Ma Connel Conell
MacMhuirich Murdoch Ma Cuirich Currie
MacThomhais Thomson Ma Comhais Cosh ……

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p. 143
Tomas, Tomas, Tomhus ; Mac Thaimhs, Mac Thamhais MacTavish, Tawse ; Cause ; MacCosh, Cosh, Cash ; Mac-a- Chombaich, Mac Thomai(dh) MacCombie for which is substituted Colquhoun, i.e. G. Mac-Thomh-an, Comhan, McCoun (Galloway) ; Thompson, Holmes ; Mac gille Thomhas Maclehose; Cornish (Man).

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Regards,

Patrick Thompson
Seannachie


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