Derivation of Place Names: Thrushing Meadow

Thrushing Meadow was the 18th Century name for the piece of land that ran below the Barony, between it and the Manse. It is now Manse Road as shown in the picture. Thrushing is an old Scots language term that has nothing to do with birds as previous writers have suggested, but simply means threshing.

Portencross, The Great Haffue?

We have recently been looking at the origin of Halfway Street, or the Haef Weg. In this 19th Century map we¬†see that Halfway extended all the way to Portencross Castle and the harbour. Where do we get the idea that Halfway derives from Haef Weg or “the way to the sea”? In old Norse the