Grain Burn, Grains Burn

Place-name:Grain Burn, Grains Burn
Suggested Meaning:‘branch, fork of a stream’
Scots grain ‘branch, fork of a stream’
Blaeu Coila (1654):No Entry
OS Name Books (1855-57):Grain Burn, Grains Burn
Location:Grain Burn ,Grains Burn

Grain Burn

The Grain Burn is a small burn that rises above Roughside and flows south west to join the upper reaches of Muirfoot Burn.

Map 1 Grain Burn : Reproduced with the permission of the National Library of Scotland

The Ordnance Survey Name Book (1855-57) entry for Grain Burn reads –

A Small Stream on the W [West] Side of Roughside and running in a westerly direction into Polquheys Burn.

It is interesting to note that 1855-57 today’s Muirfoot Burn is referred to as Polquhey Burns. Undoubtedly the original name of the burn was Polquheys as it is clearly a pol- name, i.e. British pol ‘stream’. The farm of Polquheys takes its name from the burn. The burn has sinc been renamed after the much later farm of Muirfoot, which stands at the ‘foot of the moor’ near to where the burn flows into the River Nith.

Grains Burn

The Ordnance Survey Name Book (1855-57) entry for Grains Burn reads

A Small Stream having its source about 18 Chains SW [South West] of Horse Craigs and flowing into Afton Water about ¼ of a mile north of Castle William

Map 2 Grains Burn : Reproduced with the Permission of the National Library of Scotland

The Grains Burn has a fork near its source and then joins the Sandy Syke just before the latter enters the Afton Water. Today the meeting of the Grains with the Sandy Syke is hidden in the forest to the south of the Glen Afton Filter Station.

 ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

References
[1] Dictionary of the Scots Language | grain

Maps 
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Map 1 | Ordnance Survey (1892-1960) 
Map 2 | Ordnance Survey (1892-1960)
Ordnance Survey Name Books
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Ayrshire OS Name Books (1855-57) Vol. 49| Grain Burn
 Ayrshire OS Name Books (1855-57) Vol. 49| Grains Burn