Duckhill

Duckhill TOB CRX, SLN S NT034876 2 55m

Duke Hill 1775 Ainslie/Fife [a few yards to the north-west of OS Pathf. Duck Hill Cottage]
Dike Hill 1821 Ainslie/S. Scotland
Duckhill 1825 Sasines no. 2279 [part of lands of Easter or Nether Inzievar, part of Oakly, formerly Annfield]
Duckhill 1828 SGF

? Sc deuk + Sc hill

The first element is probably Sc deuk ‘duck’, pronounced very like SSE duke. Note, however, that the two duck-names in west Fife are associated with very sharp bends, and it is possible that we are dealing with Sc jeuk ‘to swerve’ (pronounced exactly as deuk). Apart from Duck Hill, where the road takes two 90 degree angle bends within a few hundred metres of each other, there is The Deuk, the name of the road from Burntisland to Bernard Smiddy, which also has a 90 degree bend in it.

The name appears on OS Pathf. 394 as Duck Hill Cottage.

This place-name appeared in printed volume 1