Place name of the week: The Lomonds - Laomainn/Cuspairean Bhallais
Alternatively, the name could derive from Gaelic lom monadh ‘bare hill’. Possibly the name was reinterpreted from the Pictish form by Gaelic speakers. Another scenario is that Pictish cognates of the Gaelic elements were gaelicised as lom monadh. This *lumon form is likely the origin of Ben Lomond in Stirlingshire which is now in Gaelic Beinn Laomainn, after which Loch Lomond, Gaelic Loch Laomainn, is named.
In the Gaelic tradition of Perthshire and Angus, the hills were referred to as Cuspairean Bhallais or Wallace’s Goals. The name was so-called because William Wallace was either supposed to be able to jump from one summit to the other, or throw a stone from one to the other.
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