Windygates

Windygates SLO O NO174101 1 130m

    Windygates 1856 OS 6 inch 1st edn

Sc windy + Sc gate or Sc gote

‘Windy road or windy narrow passage’. See discussion under Windygates MAI (PNF 2); and Elements Glossary under both gate and gote (PNF 5). OS Name Book 26, 6. describes it as follows: ‘An angle or sharp turn in the old road leading to Abernethy [called Bellfauld Road, for which see under Cadgeracre Wood SLO, above] on the west side of Cadgeracre Wood, the name probably was derived from the circumstance of two forts supposed by Dr Small to have been here forming as it were a pass or gate hence the name’. The interpretation of the second element as gate is probably wrong, since its meaning in Scots is ‘road’. That the road here goes through a small narrow pass suggests rather that the underlying element is Sc gote ‘trench, narrow passage’.

    The above-mentioned Rev. Dr Small, frequently referred to in the OS Name Books for this area, was the over-enthusiastic antiquarian minister of Strathmiglo in the early nineteenth century who saw Roman remains everywhere in the parish, including the site of the battle of Mons Graupius.

This place-name appeared in printed volume 4