The Pillow

The Pillow ANR C NT660990 1 364 0m

The Pillow 1855 OS 6 inch 1st edn

SSE pillow

On the Isle of May, it is described as ‘a small narrow channel ... through which fishing boats have ingress and egress at full tides’ (OS Name Book 1, 14). However, Eggeling would see it as referring to one or other of the rocks forming this channel, writing: ‘Perhaps so-called from its shape’ (1985, 250). Eggeling (loc. cit.) gives the alternative form Pilly, which is simply the local Fife Sc pronunciation of ‘pillow’. Eggeling code O.

This place-name appeared in printed volume 3