Harleswynd CER S NO412105 1 363 120m

Harlswind 1753 Roy sheet 18, 1
Hurleswynd 1775 Ainslie/Fife
Hartswynd 1828 SGF
Harls Wynd 1850s OS Name Book 18, 6
Hart’s Wynd 1855 OS 6 inch 1st edn
Harleswynd 1888 x 1914 OS 6 inch 1st revision

The first element may be the surname Harle, which originates in Northumberland but is also occasionally found in southern Scotland (Black 1946, 344). The second element may be Sc wynd ‘narrow, often winding, street or alley’. A common generic element in an urban environment, it is difficult to see how it might be applied in such a rural context.

    Alternatively, it may be connected with the verb wynding, which is found in the context of the hunting park in Falkland, when in 1505 money from the royal purse was spent ‘for wynding of the hay Zard for deir taking’ (TA iii, 171-2), apparently alluding to the construction of a wattle enclosure to catch deer (see Gilbert 1979, 220). The name Wyndford or Windford, Tarbolton AYR (NS44 26), attached to a house at the edge of a hunting park, may refer to the same kind of feature (see Taylor forthcoming (Trenches), for more details).

    The hounds for the Fife Hunt are kept at Harleswynd.

    /harlz waind/ or (with epenthetic vowel) /ˈharəlz waind/

This place-name appeared in printed volume 2