Ae
The Dumfriesshire Companion
Haig Gordon

THEMES & PERSONALITIES

Introduction

Some Historical Background

The Border

From Westerkirk to Westminster Abbey -
Thomas Telford


Robert Burns - Doonhamer

The Sage of Ecclefechan - Thomas Carlyle

Hugh MacDiarmid and the Muckle Toon

Other Literary Figures

The Artists

Fame and Fortune

Other Pairs of Eyes

Ae

The shortest place-name in Scotland: so short in fact and so liable to be mis-heard as 'eh?' that it is usually lengthened into Ae Village. But that itself can be confusing since ae is Scots for 'one'.


According to Sir Edward Johnson-Ferguson in The Place-Names of Dumfriesshire (1935), the word comes from Gaelic ey, 'river'. If this is true, then the Water of Ae which flows past the village could be alternatively called the River River.


The village did not exist until 1947 when the Forestry Commission began developing it as housing for employees involved in the management of the Forest of Ae, a vast plantation which has also been used by the Commission as a test-site for new techniques.


To the north of the village, within the Forest of Ae, are the remains of Glenae Tower. The castle appears to have been abandoned by the end of the fifteenth century when its owners, the Dalzells, moved to Kirkmichael Tower. The name was revived, however, for an eighteenth-century mansion built for the Dalzells near Amisfield.


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PLACES

Ae
Amisfield
Annan
Auldgirth
Bankend
Beattock
Bentpath
Brydekirk
Canonbie
Carronbridge
Carrurtherstown
Chapelknowe
Clarencefield
Closeburn
Collin
Cummertrees
Dalswinton
Dalton
Dornock
Dumfries
Duncow
Dunscore
Durisdeer
Eaglesfield
Eastriggs
Ecclefechan
Eskdalemuir
Glencaple
Gretna
Hightae
Holywood
Johnstonebridge
Kettleholm
Kirkconnel
Kirkpatrick Fleming
Kirkton
Kirtlebridge
Langholm
Lochmaben
Lockerbie
Middlebie
Moffat
Moniaive
Mouswald
Newton Wamphray
Parkgate
Penpont
Powfoot
Ruthwell
Sanquhar
Templand
Thornhill
Tinwald
Torthorwald
Tynron
Wanlockhead
Waterbeck

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