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List of names as written Various modes of spelling Authorities for spelling Situation Description remarks
Modan, Madan or Moden
Kilmadan or Modan
Sheriff's Returns
Oliver & Boyds Almanac
Black's County Map
Johnstone's Coy. [County] Map
County Directory
Old Stat [Statistical] Account
New Stat [Statistical] Account
Origines Parochiales
Fullarton's Gazetteer
Various "The most ancient name of this parish is said to have been Glenduisk, signifying the "Glen of the Blackwater." A battle was fought between Meckan, son of Magnus, King of Norway and the Albuns or Gails, where it is said the Norwegians were slaughtered on each side of a river called Ruail, which runs through the middle of the glen; and their bodies being thrown into the river, gave the colour of blood to it. Hence the parish got the name of Glenderwell, & the river the name Ruail, which signifies the "Glen of Red Blood." Though the epithet red is unnecessary to be added to blood, yet it is very often done in Gaelic. After the introduction of Christianity into the country, the place of worship was consecrated to St. Modan, and called Cella Modani, or Kilmodan. The Parish [continued on page 2]

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