So Near And Yet So Far

In the course of pootling about with Google, as one does, the Professor came across the records of the Scottish Parliament, and in particular an Act of 1700 in which William II (i.e. WilliamandMary) confirmed the possessions of the Earl of Errol. These included ‘the lands and barony of Delgatie, with the corn and waulk mills thereof'’, and ‘the lands and barony of Idoch’. And I am sorry to report, ‘the town and lands of Burnside and Laverock hillock’, so we are a farmtown, and not an estate, and thus cannot claim a ‘von —’ after our names. Doubtless the old dog, frightful snob that she is, will be grieved to learn this, though she can console herself with the thought that at least the Hays were VERY CATHOLIC). Personally what I am pleased to know is that the innominate hump of land behind us, into which our little valley is tucked, is actually called Laverock Hill, laverock being the Scots word for a lark. I’ve noticed since we came here that larks flourish in such profusion that in summer, there’s always at least one shouting overhead. It’s rather nice to discover that this has been the case for at least 300 years

3 Responses to “So Near And Yet So Far”

  1. Peter Says:

    Experts being consulted, it all apparently depends if the deeds contain the phrase “whole of the lands of”, “part of the lands of” won’t cut the titular mustard. Things could have happened since William II (or James VII depending) apparently. The old dog need not despair, and can in any case take comfort fromt he fact that the Hays (and indeed the Conns of Auchry) were very Catholic INDEED. There’s a lovely phrase later in the list, using hill-shadow to define a boundary: ” the shadow-part of the lands of Ardinn”.

  2. Jon Says:

    I also liked the rather unlegal reference to “the sunny half of the lands of Greeness”. I assume it’s undisputably clear to all locals which half is the sunny half.

    Is it?

  3. Jane Says:

    Yes; because of the undulating country there are distinct shadow-parts and sunny halves. An area down by Scottish Water’s treatment plant on the main road is even now called Sunnyside.

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