Wilston * KDT DSX S

Wilstoune 1460 RMS ii no. 746 [to Queen Mary the lands of Dysart (Disart) viz Wilstoune, Carbarry and Dubbo resigned by Walter Ramsay]
Wilstoun 1470 RMS ii no. 996
Walstoun 1503 RSS i no. 1003 [Sinclairs feu amongst others ‘aucht (8) merkis worth of land of Walstoun (Wilston) liand in the barony of Ravinniscrag ... to Johne of Wynd, burges of Disert (Dysart)’]
Wilstoun 1517 Purves 155 [Ravinscraig, Wilstoun and Carnbarry (Carberry)]
(lands of) Wilstoun 1547 RMS iv no. 116 [lands of Wilstoun, Carbarry and Balbegy]
Wilstoun 1615 RMS vii no. 1174 [Wilstoun and Wilstoun-wairde]
Wolstoun 1631 RMS viii no. 1836 [Wolstoun and Wolstoun-waird]
Wolstoune 1699 Retours (Fife) no. 1431 [Wolstoune and Woolstoune waird; see Ravenscraig DSX for more details]

pn Will + Sc toun

Will is an abbreviation or hypocoristic form of William. The lands of *Wilston are defined as lands of Dysart in 1460, along with Carberry and Dubbo, granted to Queen Mary by James II a few months before his death (RMS ii no. 746). They were resigned by Walter and Janet Ramsay, and were obviously linked to the building of Ravenscraig Castle on these lands. When the castle was granted to William Sinclair earl of Caithness in 1470, these lands are described as lying adjacent to the castle, although it is not completely clear if this refers to all three lands, or only to the last mentioned, Dubbo. Carberry lies about 2.5 km north of Ravenscraig Castle, but it is just conceivable that its lands stretched down to the sea between Pathhead and Dysart. In 1503 *Wilston is described as lying in the barony of Ravenscraig.

For the possibility that Wilston lay on the Ore near Balbeggie, see *Walkerton above.

This place-name appeared in printed volume 1