Cardsknolls KTT S NO308056 1 373 145m
Cards Knolls 1755 RHP23503
North Cardsknowls 1856 OS 6 inch 1st edn
Carse Knowes 1856 OS 6 inch 1st edn [a relief feature, south of settlement]
Lands of Cardsknowe 1874 RHP23577 [title of plan]
Cardsknolls 1888 x 1914 OS 6 inch County Series, 1st revision
North Cardsknolls 1888 x 1914 OS 6 inch County Series, 1st revision
South Cardsknolls 1888 x 1914 OS 6 inch County Series, 1st revision [NO308054]
? Sc caird or ? pn Card + Sc knowe
The first element is probably Sc caird ‘a tinker’, although it could also be the surname Card, which is an infrequent alternative of the surname Caird, with the same derivation as the common noun. The second element is Sc knowes ‘(small) hills’. It is unusual to find the English reflex of this word in place-names of lowland Scotland. The 1856 OS form (North) Cardsknowls is even more unusual, probably erroneous, showing both Sc and English features.
Note that on OS 6 inch (1856) only North Cardsknowls is shown (NO308058): this building is marked but not named on OS Pathf. South of the settlement OS 6 inch (1856) shows Carse Knowes, which according to the OS Name Book are ‘a group of small knowes, some of which are planted’ (16, 30). Here the first element has been re-analysed as the better-known element (carse), topographically inappropriate, since Sc carse usually refers to low-lying fertile riverside land, which is far from the case with Carse Knowes.
By the end of the nineteenth century the name had been standardised as Cardsknolls for the relief feature and for the two settlements, North and South Cardsknolls.
/kardz nəuz/ locally /karz nəuz/
This place-name appeared in printed volume 2