The History of Leith

April 23, 2011

Etymology of the word Links

The etymology of the word Links has been a puzzle to Scottish antiquaries. By some it has been supposed, that from the position generally occupied by links, in the vicinity of the sea or great rivers, the word is a corruption of Innis, or Inches, signifying islands ; and it is said that in same of the old records of Aberdeen the word is spelt Linches and Linkkes.

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