Ardglass (from Irish: Ard Ghlais meaning “green height”) is a coastal village in County Down, Northern Ireland and still a relatively important fishing harbour, but this Ardglass is a fishing boat registered in Ballantrae.

Ballantrae is a community in Carrick, South Ayrshire, Scotland. The name probably comes from the Scottish Gaelic Baile na Tràgha, meaning the “town by the beach”. It is the setting of the novel The Master of Ballantrae by Robert Louis Stevenson.

Ardglass is seen in Kirkcudbright harbour. Kirkcudbright: from the Scottish Gaelic “Cille Chuithbeirt” (Chapel of Cuthbert), the Anglo-Saxon saint whose mortal remains were kept here for seven years between exhumation at Lindisfarne and re-interment at Chester-le-Street. The “kirk” element is Old Norse in origin and itself superseded the term chirch which was derived from Old English.

Well, well, don’t we discover something new every day on smithiesshutter….I certainly did.




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