English Place-name Society

Survey of English Place-Names

A county-by-county guide to the linguistic origins of England’s place-names – a project of the English Place-Name Society, founded 1923.

Adamgill Head

Early-attested site in the Parish of Moresby


Adamgill Head (6″). A grant to Holm Cultram, made c. 1225 by Adam de Harrais, refers to the stream qui descendit de magno fonte meo , and in a grant by his daughter Agnes, the land is said to be 'south of Adam's spring.' On the 6–inch map a spring is marked just about 250 yards south of Adamgill Head, to the north of Harras Moor.Adam of the gill and spring is probably to be identified with the Adam de Harrais (Harrays) mentioned in the grants.