From Alan James – 4 June 2020
Oh yes! Indeed, It seems Sproats still are at LP. And ancestry sites on the net show there were folk of that name born, married and/or died at Mill of Plunton at least in the 18th – 19th cts. I had a fairly strong hunch I’d seen mention of that name in our area, though I first remember it as the name of a peculiarly obnoxious Tory MP for some part of Ayrshire in the Thatcher years.
It’s still a bit of a mystery why that rather unprepossessing corner should be called Sproat’s Field, when it seems at one time they could all have been called that.