Loch Hill

Loch Hill CRC R NO315206 1 351 172m

    Lochy-hill 1838 NSA ix, 633
    Lochyhill 1838 NSA ix, 633 [(basaltic) columns there]
    Loch Hill 1855 OS 6 inch 1st edn

Sc or SSE loch + Sc or SSE hill

‘Hill beside or near a loch’; for the additional medial syllable in the 1838 forms, compare Lochieheads CLS, whose earliest forms vary between Lochie- etc and Loch-. There is now no loch in the area, lying a good km west of the loch (now the bog) beside Creich Castle (L<och> Creich on Blaeu (Gordon) Fife). It is probable, however, that there was once a bog or loch on the north-east side of Loch Hill, where there is a significant hollow between Loch Hill, Craiglog and Craigsimmie. This area is now drained by the Windygates Burn, which flows south-east through Brunton and Luthrie, into the Motray Water.

This place-name appeared in printed volume 4