From Michael Ansell…
Good evening Alan, many thanks for this, interesting as ever. just one thought on Tower. There is a farm just outside Dalry called Tower, earlier Towy on Blaeu (mis-spelling?) and a Knocktower near Parton.
Might not these be from An Todhar/Cnoc Todhair, the bleaching green/bleaching green knoll?
Gilbert is evidently puzzled by the Tower names and considers G tùr in respect of Knocktower but in none of these examples is anything resembling a tower to be seen. Topographical imaginings of towers masquerading as inconspicuous knolls don’t really work.
So I’d say a bleaching green is a possibility for a farm field-name.
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