Definitions for gallowayˈgæl əˌweɪ
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a historic region in SW Scotland.
Category: Geography (places)
one of a Scottish breed of beef cattle with a curly black coat.
Category: Animal Husbandry
one of a Scottish breed of small strong horses.
Category: Dogs, Cats, and Horses
a district in southwestern Scotland
breed of hardy black chiefly beef cattle native to Scotland
A formerly Gaelic-speaking region in the southwestern-most corner of Scotland as part of Dumfries and Galloway council area. Its capital is Kirkcudbright.
Origin: From Brythonic Gallwyddel and Gaelic Gallgaidhil, both meaning "foreign Gael", a term used for Gaelic-speaking Norse settlers.
a small horse of a breed raised at Galloway, Scotland; -- called also garran, and garron
Galloway is an area in southwestern Scotland. It is generally agreed that the name 'Galloway' derives from the name Gall-Gaidel, and indeed the modern and medieval words for Galloway in Gaelic are Gall-Ghàidhealaibh and Gallgaidelaib respectively, meaning "land of the foreign Gaels". The term is not recorded until the 11th century. It usually refers to the counties of Wigtownshire and Kirkcudbrightshire in the Dumfries and Galloway administration council area of Scotland. For a parish map of the counties of Wigtownshire and Kirkcudbrightshire, see Dumfries and Galloway F.H.S. map at Galloway is contained by sea to the west and south, the Galloway Hills to the north, and the River Nith to the east; the border between Kirkcudbrightshire and Wigtownshire is marked by the River Cree. The definition has, however, fluctuated greatly in size over history. A hardy breed of black, hornless beef is named Galloway cattle native to the region.
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
a district in the SW. of Scotland, co-extensive with Wigtown and Kirkcudbright, though formerly of considerably greater extent; the lack of mineral wealth has retarded its development, and the industry of the population is limited chiefly to agriculture, the rearing of sheep and cattle, and fishing, and it is still noted for a small but hardy breed of horses called Galloways; the province derives its name from Gall-Gael, or foreign Gaels, as the early inhabitants were called, who up to the time of the Reformation maintained the characteristics, language, &c., of a distinct people; in 1455 Galloway ceased to exist as a separate lordship; in the extreme S. of Wigtown is the bold and rocky promontory, the Mull of Galloway, the extremity of the peninsula called the Rhinns of Galloway; the Mull, which is the most southerly point in Scotland, rises to a height of 210 ft., and is crowned by a powerful lighthouse.
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