Easter Clashies

Easter Clashies TUL R NS957907 1 383 75m NEF

Sc easter + en Clashies.

Along with Wester Clashies, this name refers to a wooded slope in the north-east corner of the parish. In the absence of early forms any suggested derivation of Clashies must remain highly speculative. There is a Sc word clash meaning ‘a cavity of considerable extent in the acclivity of a hill; the interstice between a large hill and a smaller one adjacent to it’ (DSL), which might be the origin of the name Clashies here. The name is ultimately derived from G clais ‘ditch, hollow’. Given the topography of the area, this seems a likely explanation, even if the eponymous clash cannot be precisely identified. The –ies ending is presumably a Sc plural.

Neither Easter nor Wester Clashies is shown on OS 6 inch 1st edn.

This place-name appeared in printed volume 1