Haghazard

Haghazard KTT S NO302069 1 85m

Hoghazard 1775 Ainslie/Fife
Hoghazard 1827 Ainslie/East Fife
Haghazard 1850s OS Name Book 16, 9 [both informants]
Haghazard 1856 OS 6 inch 1st edn
Forthar Cottage 1892 x 1905 OS 6 inch County Series, 1st revision

? Sc hog + ? Sc haizer

The first element is probably Sc hog or hogg ‘a young sheep or yearling, specifically from the time it is weaned until it is shorn of its first fleece’ (CSD), although it has been reinterpreted as SSE hag by the time of the OS 1st edition. The element hog is found in another place in this parish, namely Hogland Strips, q.v.

    In PNF 2, 276 it was suggested that the name may have referred to a place dangerous to these animals. However, Sc haizer (ha(i)zard, hazerd) is perhaps more likely. This is defined by SND as: (verb) ‘of newly-washed clothes, etc: to dry (especially partially or on the surface), to air in the open; ... of the weather, to dry up after rain’; (noun) ‘an airing or drying in the sun, the act or state of drying clothes lightly’. It may thus have been a place where hogs’ fleeces were dried after washing; or perhaps even where hogs liked to sun themselves.

    It is now OS Pathf. Forthar Cottage, which first appears on the second revision of OS 6 inch.

This place-name appeared in printed volume 2