Ruddons Point

Ruddons Point ELI KCQ R NO4500 1 374 5m

Rin<d>ons Nook 1703 Adair/Sea-Coast (Forth) [the d is unclear]
Rindons Nook 1730 Cooper (Adair)/Forth [applied to the point]
Ruddons Point 1775 Ainslie/Fife
Ruddons Point 1855 OS 6 inch 1st edn

? Sc rodden or Sc roddin or pn Ruddon + Sc or SSE point

Any interpretation here must be tentative. The various possibities are: (1) Sc rodden ‘rowan berry, or the tree itself’ (CSD); (2) Sc roddin ‘track, right of way’, which occurs in the plural as rodings, apparently meaning ‘an area criss-crossed by tracks or paths’ (DOST); (3) Sc rodden the fish ‘the turbot, Scophthalmus maximus’ or ‘brill, Scophthalmus rhombus’ (DSL, SND1); (4) pn Ruddon. The genitival s in all the recorded forms favours this last suggestion, although Ruddon is not found as such in Black 1946. However, Black does have Roddan, as a variant of Rodan, and suggests that it might derive from Roddam near Ilderton in Northumberland, a place-name which appears as Roden (1135) and Rodun (1230) (Black 1946, 697). It is also possible that, as a personal name, Ruddon is a variant of Ruthven. In 1661, William of Lundin (Lundie) LAR was married to Christian Ruthven, daughter of Patrick earl of Ruthven (RMS xi no. 98). Black does not record Ruddon or similar as a variant of Ruthven, and it is generally pronounced as though written ‘Rivven’. However, a voiced medial dental fricative th (as in either) regularly became a stop d (compare the common Sc variation between smithy and smiddy, etc). Ruthven (with voiced th) may thus have become Ruddon, by way of *Rudven.

These two earliest forms, added in PNF 5, 616 (Add. & Corr.), cannot be considered to be independent of each other, since both originate in maps drafted by John Adair. If they are not the result of a typographical error, then the various derivations discussed above (from PNF 3 s.n). are thrown into grave doubt.

The small tidal island immediately south of Ruddons Point is called Shooting house Point on Ainslie/Fife (1775).

This place-name appeared in printed volume 3