Set Hill

Set Hill LEU R NO415199 363

    pendiculo lie Sithill 1620 RMS viii no. 22 [a pendicle of Airdit LEU]
    pecia terra lie Sithill 1650 RMS ix no. 2174 [‘a piece of land the Set Hill’]
    Sithill 1775 Ainslie/Fife
    Set Hill 1855 OS 6 inch 1st edn

This name, which first occurs in the record as the name of a piece of land, was originally applied to the steep little hill immediately west of Hayston which still is so called. It probably contains G sìth ‘hill, mound’, OG síd, síth ‘fairy-hill or mound’ (DIL), applied to conspicuous hills of all sizes (see PNF 5, Elements Glossary, s.v., for more details). The second element is probably Sc hill, added later, or perhaps as a reinterpretation of a G suffix, as in the Sidlaws, which also has the same first element, with a reinterpreted second element (Sc law). It is also found in Mons Sithi, the old name for Wether Hill DFL/SLN (PNF 1) (1227 Dunf. Reg. no. 213). See PNF 5, Elements Glossary, s.v., for more details.

This place-name appeared in printed volume 4