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Gaelic names policy

We will:

  • support and facilitate the Scottish Executive’s initiative in the promotion of Scottish culture through the appropriate depiction of Gaelic names;
  • ensure joined-up geography by participating in Gaelic working groups, committees and Gaelic medium education as appropriate;
  • endeavour to achieve consistency in the depiction of names within each mapping series and across its range of products;
  • undertake to incorporate the recommendations made by the Parliamentary Glossary Project (Faclair na Pàrlamaid) in May 2001 and thereafter adopt the Gaelic orthographic conventions agreed by the Scottish Qualifi cations Authority; ensure that common usage and evidence provided by historical form are both considered when defi ning the spelling and/or depiction of a name;
  • seek to gain proper authority, through a broadly accepted standards-setting body, for the depiction of Gaelic names, but in the case of disagreement retain final editorship to ensure cartographically acceptable mapping and products;
  • continue the procedure of gathering and authenticating names by involvement and consultation with local communities and local authority Gaelic officers pending the possible formation of a standards committee;
  • work with key institutions, societies and individuals to ensure consistency of Gaelic name depiction; and
  • allocate resources to facilitate our understanding of Gaelic names in relation to the impact and importance on Scottish culture.

We will not:

  • be the Authority for Gaelic names; or
  • convert to Gaelic any existing anglicised names on the authority of any one individual.

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