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The Pronunciation of Gullane is usually either ['gʌlɪn] probably a spelling pronunciation and ['gɪlɪn] the traditional local dialect pronunciation. In 1944, a former Gullane minister mentioned that old folk pronounced it Goolan. In Older Scots 'u' was also used to represent a vowel pronounced /ø/ hence the Scots spelling gude or guid for good, 'oo' being the spelling in Standard English cognates. As a result of sound shifts the original /ø/ became /ɪ/ in Central Scots varieties which would result in the pronunciation ['gɪlɪn].
The New Statistical Account of Scotland (1841) also suggests a Brythonic origin for the name as an older spelling was Golyn, signifying a little lake.
- Aitken, A. J. (1972, 2015) ‘Gaelic, Scots and Gullane’ in †A. J. Aitken, ed. Caroline Macafee, ‘Collected Writings on the Scots Language’ (2015), [online] Scots Language Centre http://medio.scotslanguage.com/library/document/aitken/Gaelic,_Scots_and_Gullane_(1972) (accessed 11.11.2015). Originally published Scottish Literary News 2: 2–3 (March 1972), 45–46.