Witch Hill

Witch Hill # SSL S NO509170 1 15m

the Witch-hill 1660 Lamont’s Diary 120 [John McGill, student, found dead in the water there]
the Witch-hill 1663 Lamont’s Diary 161 [2 vessels perish on the sands nearby]
Witch Hill 1855 OS 6 inch 1st edn

Sc witch + Sc hill

‘The tradition is, those unhappy creatures were first thrown into the lake to see whether they would float or sink. If they sank they were not witches, but they were drowned, but if they floated they really were witches and were burned on the adjoining hill’ (OS Name Book 99, 20).

This place-name appeared in printed volume 3