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Survey of English Place-Names

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Fishgarth Holm

Early-attested site in the Parish of Cumwhitton

Historical Forms

  • Fishgarth holme 1589 ExchKR 1626 Boothby
  • Fitsgarthholm 1603 Gilsland
  • Fisgaerthholme 1603 Map


This is clearly an anglicising of OScand  fiskigarðr , 'enclosure for catching or, as commonly in Iceland, for drying fish.' Mack (102 ff.) notes Fish Garth 1475, referring to a similar fishery in the Esk. Cf. Fistard (PN IOMan 34) and Fishguard (NCPNW 46–7). v. holmr .