Derivation of Place Names: Thrushing Meadow

Thrushing MeadowThrushing 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. As I understand it, for I am no farmer, the corn was gathered in from the ecclesiastical fields all around, and the grain separated here before being taken to the mill for grinding into flour.

As these were church lands, the Kirk was entitled to a proportion of the crop paid by the tenant farmers. In addition, the Minister was paid a fixed amount from the harvest of all crops, and this was written into his stipend. Naturally the bigger the church, the bigger were such stipends. It is for this reason that the harvest would be completed under the very noses of the Kirk and the Minister in this Thrushing Meadow.

In the 19th Century, as technology developed, this field became more of an extension to the Manse grounds. A carriage path was laid from the Main Street, along the route of the now Manse Road, but circling round the back of the Manse to rejoin the track at the front. This allowed for the more well to do visitors to arrive in style.

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