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Sgòr an Lochain Uaine

Sgòr an Lochain UaineSgòr an Lochain Uaine - 22nd August 1972 (Credit : Stan Dow)

Sgòr an Lochain Uaine is a rocky peak standing above An Garbh-choire and the upper reaches of Gleann Dhé.

The photograph, taken from the plataeu of Ben Macdui, shows (left to right) Carn an t-Sabhail (left), Sgòr an Lochain Uaine (centre), a shoulder of Am Bràigh Riabhach (right).

As a place name Sgòr an Lochain Uaine means - peak of the green lochan, a reference to An Lochan Uaine, from which the peak takes its name, in the corrie below.

Many guide books, and maps incorrectly show “Angel's Peak” alongside “Sgòr an Lochain Uaine” ; this leads many to erroneously infer that Angel's Peak is an alternate name for, or an Anglicisation of its actual Gaelic name.  The origin of this ‘pretender‘ name is Alexander Copland, a founding member of the Cairngorm Club.  In Alexander (1928) - the author explains the origin of this ‘pretender‘ name - writing :

The name Angel's Peak, sometimes used for it, has no historical warrant, having been invented by a well-known Cairngorm enthusiast, the late Alexander Copland, as a counter-balance to the Devil's Point farther south

- Alexander (1928) (p146)

I admire the frankness of this clear statement of fact ; especially in light of the fair-chance that Henry Alexander and Alexander Copland knew each other.  It's only a fair-chance since Henry Alexander joined the Cairngorm Club in 1911, the year before Alexander Copland died.

I'd be interested to know when Alexander Copland invented his Angel's Peak.  I suppose the Cairngorm Club Journals might contain the answer, and a careful study of the issues published before his death in 1912 might yield a sufficiently accurate date.