Saturday, February 25, 2012

Cottar

Cottar by midgefrazel
Cottar, a photo by midgefrazel on Flickr.
What is the word under Cottar? 

I think, judging from the other records on the page that it is a place. Location of Record: Kirkinner Year: 1829

[Cottar: A tenant occupying a cottage with or without land attached to it, a married farmworker who has a cottage as part of his contract (cot-house - tied farmworker's cottage) ]


Update: today, 25 February 2012
Opened the Scottish Proverbs book by Colin Walker to page 177 and here is the proverb: "Like the links 'o the cruik". Translation below: "Spoken of one who looks emaciated" 


I think this may be, as someone suggested, a cottage near the banks of running water. In this proverb's case a drought.

2 comments:

Apple said...

It looks like Cruik to me. Possibly a place name or perhaps the name of the cottage or cottage owner? Maybe near the Creek? http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/351355

Jo said...

Cruiks? Are there other similar entries on the same page which might give a clue as to whether it's a location?