Devil’s Burdens

Devil’s Burdens SLO R NO192062 1 372 395m SOF

    Devil’s Burdens 1856 OS 6 inch 1st edn

SSE devil + SSE burden

A scattering of large boulders on the south-west slopes of West Lomond; there are various local legends of how the name arose. One is told by Charles Gulland in his poem The Lomond Hills (1877, 89–91): Carlin Maggie, queen of the witches who often met in Glen Vale, the glen between the West Lomond and the Bishop Hill PTM KNR, made the mistake of shrieking at and taunting Satan as he came by with a great load of rocks on his back. Infuriated he threw the rocks down and chased Carlin Maggie, turning her into a pillar of stone at the top of the steep west edge of the Bishop Hill (named on OS maps as Carlin and Daughter PTM KNR).

    No explanation is given of either of these names in the OS Name Books.

This place-name appeared in printed volume 4