Good afternoon Alan and many thanks for this. My only common is that the Sproat family is quite long associated with Lennox Plunton (I think the notorious McKerlie might mention the family). I remember having a meal at Lennox Plunton with the Sproats in the 1990s.
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.