|Suggested Meaning:||marshy slope|
|First element||Scots struther ‘a marshy place’|
|Second element||Scots brae ‘brow of a hill’|
|Blaeu Coila (1654):||No Entry|
|OS Name Books (1855-57):||Struthers Brae, Struther’s Brae|
|Location:||Ordnance Survey (1895)|
The Ordnance Survey Name Book entry for Struthers Brae reads –
An eminence south W. [west] of Yarngallows Knowe, covered with rough pasture
Alternative spelling: Struther’s Brae
Although the OS Name Book is recorded under Struthers Brae the orginal entry reads Struther’s Brae and it is this form that appears on the Ordnance Survey maps.
1. Scots struther ‘marshy place’ + brae ‘slope, brow of a hill’
The Dictionaries of the Scots Language entry for struther  reads –
Strother, -ir, Struther, n. Also: strothyr, -ar, struthir, -yr, stroder, -re, -ar, stroudyr, struder, -ir(e, stradire. [North. ME and e.m.E. strother (?a1300), -strothre (1479), ? OE stród a marsh, ? EIr., Gael. sruth, srutha(i)r a stream.]
A marshy place. Most freq. in place-names, esp. in Southern Scotland. Also attrib.
Just to the north-west of the top of Struther’s Brae is another marshy place known as Jock’s Hags from Scots hag, hagg ‘a soft marshy hollow piece of ground in a moor’ . Sandy Syke runs of the east facing slope of the brae  and into the Afton Water.
The Afton Reservoir built in 1935 sits at the head of Glen Afton and the associated Afton Filter Station sits below Struther’s Brae. The high monthly rainfall  of course would not only feed the Afton Water and its tributaries above the dam but would contribute to sustaining marshy places such as Struther’s Brae.
Elsewhere in Ayrshire there is a Struthers in the parish of Dundonald (occupied by Robert Guthrie at the time of the OS Name Book) and in the parish of Dunlop,
2. Personal Name : Struther, Struthers
Struthers also occurs as a surname in Scotland and the entry in Black’s Surname reads  –
STRUTHERS: The ME element strother, a marsh or swamp,is in common use in northern England and Scotland. There is a Struther, near Stonehouse, Lanarkshire and a Struthers in Fif, but the references point to an origin further south, perhaps from Strother in Northumberland . The ancient Northumberland family of Strothers were lors of the manor of Kirk-Newton in the barony of Wark on the Tweed. John Strwtheris was a witness in Glasgow 1555 and Thomas Strotheris appears in Kelso, 1567. Strwthiris and Strowdyr 1560.Black
The origin of the surname like that of place-name appears to derive from Middle English strother ‘marsh, swamp’. A search through the Old Parish Records of Ayrshire revealed 102 baptisms of the name Struthers through the period 1712 to 1854 with the parishes of Sorn (31), Ayr (17) and Kilmarnock (12) accounting for over half of these; while there no occurences in the parish of New Cumnock nor its neighbouring parishes. The earliest baptisms were those associated with the family of Robert Struthers, excise man in Kilmarnock and his Elizabeth Douglas from 1712-1727.
Struther’s Brae can be discounted from being named after someone of that name, unless of course if the Jock in Jock’s Hags was a Jock Struthers!
|Chris Wimbush | Geograph: Struthers Brae|
| The Dictionaries of the Scots Languages Dictionars o the Scots Leid|struther|
| The Dictionaries of the Scots Languages Dictionars o the Scots Leid|brae|
| New Cumnock Place-Names | Jock’s Hags|
| John Strawhorn and William Boyd, Ayrshire, TheThird Statistical Account of Scotland(1951)|
| George F. Black, The Surnames of Scotland Black Surnames of Scotland|
|By Permission of National Library of Scotland|
|Map 1: Ordnance Survey (1857) | Struthers Brae|
|Ordnance Survey Name Books|
|By Permission of Scotland’s Places|
|Ayrshire OS Name Books (1855-57) Vol. 49|Struthers Brae|
|Ayrshire OS Name Books (1855-57) Vol. 25 , Dundonald | Struthers|
|Ayrshire OS Name Books (1855-57) Vol. 26 , Dunlop | Struthers|