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Lushcott

Early-attested site in the Parish of Rushbury

Historical Forms

  • Lussekote 1299 Ass
  • Lussecote 1262 Pat
  • Luscote 1271–2 Ass
  • Luschote 1291–2 Ass
  • Lusschecote 1300 SAC
  • Lusshecote 1540 RentSur
  • Lushecot(i) 1451 Pat
  • Lushcote 1555 SAS1/VI
  • Lushcott 1672 HTR

Etymology

v. cot(e), the first element is problematical, The modern form and the Lusc -, Luss (c )he - spellings point to an OE  *lusc , which appears to be unique to this name. An OE  *lisc, 'reed, marsh', was proposed by Ekwall (Studies on English Place -Names 109–10) as the generic of Redlynch So and as the qualifier in Lyscombe Do. A variant with -e - was suggested by Reaney (PN Ca 261) for le lesschfen in the Isle of Ely, a place where the right to cut lesch and rushes was granted in the 13th cent. Forsberg (A Contribution to a Dictionary of Old English Place -Names 142) points out, however, that the Ca term may be a ME borrowing from Frisian. A related word to the proposed *lisc with another stem-vowel would suit Lushcott, but this is highly conjectural.

Lushcott is in a tiny stream-valley.