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The Name Game #11: Strath-more

By my queenstown on Saturday, December 11, 2010 with 0 comments

A strath is used to describe a large valley that is wide and shallow. In those days, Alexandra Canal (or Boh Beh Kang) was an never ending stream which passed through Hong Lim and Hong Yim Hills in Margaret Drive and Mei Ling. Farms were scattered along the banks of Boh Beh Kang and villagers in Margaret Drive made use of water from the stream for their livelihood. And this area was just like a shallow valley. Hence, it was called a Strath.

Strathmore Avenue

Strathmore is a strath in eastern Scotland which was 90km long and 16km wide. Formed by glacial processes in earlier ice ages, it was a fertile and arable piece of land which was home to agriculture farms producing fruits and cereals. Strathmore was the capital of Scotland in olden days.

Strathmore Avenue in the 1960s

The Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne was created in Peerage of Scotland in 1606. An earl refers to the chieftains who set to rule in a king's stead. In the past, earls had authority over their own regions and right of judgement in provincial courts, as delegated by the king. They helped to run the territory by collecting taxes and revenues while providing armies in times of war. The first earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne was created for Patrick Lyon. 

Strathmore Avenue today!

Today, the Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne continue their tradition in Scotland and holds a family seat in Glamis Castle. It was decided in the early 1950s that a road in Queenstown would be name after the Earl of Strathmore. Hence, the road name, Strathmore Avenue.

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