Low Creoch and Low Barlay field-names

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    John Shields

    From Alan James – 17 September 2020


    Notes herewith on a pair of farms in the Fleet Valley based on the map and lists supplied by Margaret. I’ve also sent them to the farmer, John Veitch, who takes a lively interest in local history and may well have useful thoughts to contribute when he’s not busy (that’s rare!)

    They’re outwith Rachel’s and the Borgue PLACE project zone, but may be of interest to those within it. The two farms lie either side of what (as my note on Creoch explains) may have been a historic boundary, and in any case at a point of topographic and, to some extent, toponymic transition. They are also on what was very probably an ancient routeway from the east, now the Glenlochar – Laurieston – Gatehouse road, with Roman fortlet, ? Iron Age settlement, and undated standing stone all close to what must have been a strategic crossing-place on the Fleet. So, quite a few interesting topographic and field-names, and some puzzles.

    Thoughts and comments welcome as ever.

    All the best


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