Stot Sike

Place-name:Stot Sike
Suggested Meaning:sluggish stream of the bullock
1st element:Scots stot ‘A young castrated ox, a steer, bullock’
2nd element:Scots sike, syke ‘slow sluggish stream’
Blaeu Coila (1654):No Entry
OS Name Books (1855-57):Stot Sike
Location:Stot Sike


Scots stot ‘A young castrated ox, a steer, bullock’ [1] suggesting there was some farming livestock activity in the vicinity associated with Nether Beoch [2].

Sike, Syke

The name appears as Stot Sike on the Ordnance Survey Map and in the Ordnance Survey Name Books along with the alternative spelling of Stot Syke,

A Sike or Syke is described as –

A small stream, rill or water-course, especially one that meanders through a hollow or across flat or boggy ground and is freqently dry in summer

Dictionary of the Scots Language [3]

the sheughs and the sykes

Laird of Logan “Colin Dulap” [4]

Stot Sike flows into the Old March Burn. Also in the vicinity is Otter Sike and Palmsike Burn.

Map 1: Stot Sike | Reproduced with the permission of the National Library of Scotland


[1] Dictionaries of the Scots Language |stot
[2] New Cumnock Place-Names | Beoch
[3] Dictionaries of the Scots Language |syke, sike
[4] The Laird of Logan, Or, Anecdotes and Tales Illustrative of the Wit and Humour of Scotland
Reproduced with the Permission of National Library of Scotland
Map 1: Ordnance Survey 6 inch (1892-1960) |Stot Sike
Ordnance Survey Name Books
By Permission of Scotland’s Places
Ayrshire OS Name Books (1855-57) Vol. 49|Stot Sike