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uia que uocatur Scotgate usque ad campum de Wtton '

Field in the Parish of Croxton

Historical Forms

  • uia que uocatur Scotgate usque ad campum de Wtton ' eHy3 NCot

Etymology

uia que uocatur Scotgate usque ad campum de Wtton'(i.e. Wootton) eHy3 NCot(thesame name occurs in Clixby f.ns.(b), recorded from the 17th century and inEast Halton f.ns.(a) from the 18th century, though the latter is probably from alocal family called Scott, the more likely explanation of Scotgate in Lincoln, PN L1 98. It is also recorded as Scotgate PN YN 326, where the first el. is taken tobe Scot(t)'a Scot', hence'the road of the Scots', v. gata. Four other exampleshave been noted in the wapentake, which appear to have the same first el.,Scothil in Keelby f.ns.(b), Scosteholm(sic), Scotholme, Scozholme inStallingborough f.ns.(b), Scothow in Habrough f.ns.(b) and Schothoudale,Scohthowdale in Great Limber f.ns.(b). It is suggested under the last that thefirst el. is indeed Scot(t)'a Scot, a Gael' and this seems to be the most likelyinterpretation of Scot - in these four names too. So, we appear to have Scot(t)occurring in six of the seven names noted above, and if this is correct, then thisgroup indicates the presence of Scots in a comparatively restricted area ofnorth-east L. Besides'the road of the Scots', we have'the hill, the raised landin marshes and the mound of the Scots' respectively, v. hyll, holmr and haugr,though Scotholme and Scozholme seem to indicate a variation between sg. and pl.forms)

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