[Spellyans] Trevithal, Paul

Janice Lobb janicelobb at gmail.com
Thu Aug 11 20:51:47 IST 2016


I love the idea of some mediaeval herbalist living there. (Cornwall's
answer to Cadfael perhaps.) Can't vouch for the local geology, but that
also seems logical.
Jan

On Thu, Aug 11, 2016 at 11:53 AM, Nicholas Williams <njawilliams at gmail.com>
wrote:

> There is a medieval Welsh word *meddyglyn* ‘medicinal potion, cordial,
> elixir’. It was borrowed into English as *metheglin*.
> The word is formed from Welsh *meddyg* ‘doctor’ and *llyn* ‘liquid’. The
> Cornish equivalent would be **metheglyn*.
> Since both *methek* ‘doctor’ and *lyn* ‘liquid’ are both attested
> elements in Cornish, it is not unlikely that **metheglyn*
> was known in Cornwall also.
> Is it possible that *Trevethegal*, *Trevethygel* contains a corruption of
> **metheglyn*?
> *Trevetheglyn* might have been metathesised to **Trevethegnyl* and then
> reduced to *Trevethegyl* by simplifiction of the consonant cluster.
>
> *Meddyglyn* in Welsh also came to mean Wild carrot (*Daucus carota*),
> though that plant is so common
> that it is difficult to see why a place would be named after it.
>
> Nicholas
>
> On 9 Aug 2016, at 20:00, Janice Lobb <janicelobb at gmail.com> wrote:
>
> Trevethegal 1315, 1317, 1321
> Trevethygel, Trevethall 1389
> Trevithal, Trevergal 1668
> Trevithole 1696
> Trevidall 1725
>
> All that I can think of is that it's a derivative of <medhek>, "doctor,
> surgeon".
> Could it be an otherwise unattested word <*medhegel>, perhaps "surgery"?
>
> Craig
>
>
>
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