Skellyhead KWY S NO336044 1 373 145m WEF
Cotton 1856 OS 6 inch 1st edn
Skellyhead 1888 x 1914 OS 6 inch County Series, 1st revision
? Sc skellie + Sc heid or SSE head
Sc skellie or skelly has a variety of meanings, discussed in Elements Glossary (PNF 5) under skelly. One possible meaning is ‘crooked, lop-sided’, so ‘crooked, lop-sided end or top (of some feature)’.
Its earlier name was Cotton (1856 entry above), i.e. cottar toun, which presumably inspired Cottargreen KWY (q.v.), immediately to the south-east of Skellyhead. It was a cotton or collection of farm-cottages probably on the lands of Auchtermairnie KWY.
This place-name appeared in printed volume 2