Ramoth Gilead # FLK S NO288200 3
Rawmouth Gitia 1775 Ainslie/Fife
Ramoth Gilead 1827 Ainslie/East Fife
The name is biblical, first appearing as one of the three cities of refuge decreed by Moses, where those who had committed manslaughter (as opposed to murder) might find sanctuary (the others being Bezer and Golan) (Deuteronomy 4: 41–3). While it is mentioned in various other Old Testament passages, as both Ramoth in Gilead and Ramoth-Gilead, it is probably its role as a place of refuge which had resonance for whoever introduced the name here. Alternatively, since ramoth etc means in Hebrew ‘heights’ (Young’s Concordance), it may be a learned allusion to the neighbouring farm of Higham DBG!
The typesetter of Ainslie/Fife obviously had a problem with this name, rendering it Rawmouth Gitia. It may be the earlier name for what appears on OS 6 inch 1st edn as Mountflowery NO279197.
A small settlement to the north-west of Ramoth Gilead is named Glourourhim on Ainslie/Fife, a name also found near Culross (as Glowrourhim CUS, PNF 1, 77, 514), ‘glower over him or them’. For this and other names consisting of a verbal construction, see Taylor 2008a.
This place-name appeared in printed volume 4