Argyll - Argyle

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'Argyll and Argyle are different spellings of essentially the same word. (It corresponds to the Scots Gaelic Oirer Ghaidheal, country of the Gael or erra Ghaidheal, coastland of the Gael; the Irish Gaelic form is Airer Goĺdel, country of the Gael. "Early settlers called the area Ar-gael 'the Eastern Gaels', according to Everett-Heath, 2005.

  • The proper noun - a place in western Scotland, formerly a county, is Argyll. The aristocratic titles, 'Duke of' and 'Earl of', which imply territorial rights, are also always spelled Argyll nowadays.
    • Both spellings are known amongst holders of the surname.
  • It is best to reserve the spelling argyle for the pattern of colours applied to textiles, notably knitted garments like socks and pullovers. This is a pattern of large diamonds, usually of two colours, sometimes more. It is named after the tartan worn by clan Campbell.
    • Many of the places named after Argyll, including many street names, are spelled Argyle. (This applies, for example, in Glasgow - whose citizens might have known better.) Good writers will always be careful with such details to follow the accepted usage in the area about which they are writing.