Calais DFL S NT123864 1 394 86m

fontem qui vocatur Kellohouis Well’ 1287 x 1299 Dunf. Reg. no. 592 [‘the spring which is called Kellohouis Well’; for more details see DFL Introduction]
Calis 1753 Roy sheet 17, 5
town and lands of Caliss 1813 Sasines no. 9893 [town and lands of Caliss and Mastertown Moor]
Calais 1828 SGF

G coille + ? G – us

‘Place of woodland’. The locational suffix could be –us, –as or –es. The fact that it could be assimilated to Scots house (late thirteenth century) suggests that it was –us. But note that Prathouse IKG appears in Dunf. Reg. no. 592 as Pratres.

Kelly wod (1561 Dunf. Reg. app. II, p. 438) may be Calais Wood. OS Pathf. Calais Farm Cottages and Calais Muir Wood are both adjacent to Calais. But note Calais Hill c.2.5 km to the north-east, in DGY (NT15 87). Immediately south-east of Calais were the lands of Doverhall (Doverhall 1642 Gordon Fife MS and 1654 Blaeu (Gordon) Fife), which has now gone from modern maps but is still known locally. It has also left its trace in OS Pathf. Dover Strip and Dover Heights. It may have been named as a humorous allusion to Calais. Alternatively Calais may have been so spelt as a humorous allusion to Doverhall!


This place-name appeared in printed volume 1