Clints; Black, Merry

Place-name:Black Clints, Merry Clints
Suggested Meaning: crag, cliff, rock’
First elementblack ‘dark colour of rock’
First elementmerry
Second elementOld Scots clint ‘a crag, cliff, rock’
Blaeu Coila (1654):No Entry
OS Name Books (1855-57):Black Clints, Merry Clints
Location:Ordnance Survey (1937-1961)

Clints

Clint is an Old Scots terms for ‘crag, rock, cliff, rock’. Black Clints and Merry Clints on the west facing slopes of Blackcraig Hill are the only examples of clints in the parish of New Cumnock. Together these clints must be the source of the term craig in Blackcraig and the dark colour of them both responsible for the adjective black.

Map 1 | Reproduced with the Permission of National Library of Scotland

Black Clints

The Ordnance Survey Name Books Survey (1855-57) entry reads –

Part of the range of rocks on the west side of Black Craig extending 50 chains southwards from Spout Burn.


Blackcrag Hill with Black Clints on the left and Merry Clints to the right (Robert Guthrie)

Merry Clints

The Ordnance Survey Name Books Survey (1855-57) entry reads –

Part of the range of rocks on the west side of Black Craig, stretching north and north east from Spout Burn to Gray burn

It is not clear the significance of the term merry in this context. Other topographical examples found in the Ordnance Survey Books include Merry Knowe (Dumfriesshire), Merry Field (East Lothian), Merry Knowe and Merry Law (Selkirkshire), Merry Cleugh (Roxburghshire) and Merry Holm (Shetland).

Blackcraig Hill with Merry Clints in the foreground and Black Clints beyond (Robert Guthrie)

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References
[1] Dictionary of the Scots Language| clint
Scotland’s People
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Old Parish Records, Births, Marriages, Deaths, Census Records, Valuations Rolls, Wills & Testaments
Maps 
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Map 1 | Black Clints and Merry Clints 
Ordnance Survey Name Books
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Ayrshire OS Name Books (1855-57) Vol. 49| Black Clints
Ayrshire OS Name Books (1855-57) Vol. 49| Merry Clints