Cantyhall CBE S NO521048 1 374 50m SOF

Cantyhall 1855 OS 6 inch 1st edn

Sc canty + Sc hall

Sc canty is ‘lively, cheerful, pleasant’; also ‘small and neat’ and ‘comfortable’ (SND 1). Almost all of these adjectives could be appropriately applied to a dwelling-house. This positive name is in contrast to the many negative names for small farms and holdings in lowland Scotland, unless of course it is being applied ironically! However, the description given in OS Name Book (early 1850s) suggests its application is not ironic: ‘Two small but neatly built cottages with a small garden attached on the farm of “Comielaw” and occupied by agricultural laborers’ (24, 28).

There is another place of this name in MML (PNF 4).

This place-name appeared in printed volume 3