Dothan

Dothan ADN KGH S NT247948 1 385 100m NOF

Dothan 1828 SGF
Dothan 1856 OS 6 inch 1st edn.
Dothan 1877 Sasines no. 2434 [‘lands and farms of Beg and Dothan’]
Dothan 1889 Sasines no. 4488

One of a series of biblical names in this area (Sodom and Gomorrah are about two miles to the west), Dothan was a city of Manasseh, west of the Jordan, where Joseph’s brothers plotted to kill him (Genesis 37:17–18); and where the prophet Elisha was staying when the king of Syria sent a great army to seize him (2 Kings 6), but the prophet was surrounded and protected by horses and chariots of fire, and struck the attackers blind until they left the country.

Ainslie/Fife (1775) shows Painty Hall but not Dothan, while OS 6 inch map (1856) has Pentiehall immediately east of Dothan. In approximately the same area, Blaeu (Pont) West Fife (1654) shows Odduy.

This place-name appeared in printed volume 1