Sprattyhall KCQ S NO471048 1 374 105m SEF

Spritty Hall 1775 Ainslie/Fife
Sprattyhall 1855 OS 6 inch 1st edn

Sc spratty + Sc hall

Sc sprat (with alternative forms spret, spreat, sprit etc.) is ‘a coarse reedy rush or grass growing on marshy ground and sometimes used in rope-making and stack-thatching’, with adj. spratty etc. ‘rushy, rush-like; producing or abounding in rushes’ (CSD). Applied to a dwelling, it may refer to poor or makeshift thatching. What is certain is that Sc hall ‘hall, high-status house’ is being used ironically, as is so often the case. The OS Name Book describes it as ‘three small cottages with offices and gardens attached’ (79, 21).

This place-name appeared in printed volume 3