Sir Walter’s forest

Gaelic, Norse, Brittonic? A look into the history and origins of place names around our area

The vast hunting grounds of Freevater, west of Alladale, one of Scotland’s wildest areas, takes its name from the Gaelic Frìth Bhàtair, meaning ‘Walter’s forest’. It is generally believed that it refers to Sir Walter Ross, son of William II, the third Earl of Ross and a prominent. . .

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