What does "Cotton of...." refer to?

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WendyT
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What does "Cotton of...." refer to?

Post by WendyT » Fri Jul 01, 2011 11:47 am

I have an OPR from Kirkden 1767 which contains references to the father's name then "in Cotton of ....."
Mine reads "James Ogilvie in Cotton of Midleton had a child baptized upon the ....day of January 1767 named James"
All but one of the fathers have a 'Cotton of...." reference to them. None of the mothers are mentioned in
the records. Can anyone tell me what the Cotton reference means?

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Re: What does "Cotton of...." refer to?

Post by LesleyB » Fri Jul 01, 2011 1:25 pm

Hi Wendy
If it is to do with a place of abode my understanding would be that it refers to Cotton of <placename>, "cotton" being an abbrevited form of "Cottars Town".

Best wishes
Lesley

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Re: What does "Cotton of...." refer to?

Post by LesleyB » Fri Jul 01, 2011 1:26 pm

A quick look up on Google seems to confirm this:
http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=9w8o ... wn&f=false

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Re: What does "Cotton of...." refer to?

Post by Montrose Budie » Fri Jul 01, 2011 8:21 pm

.... or Cot Town ....

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Re: What does "Cotton of...." refer to?

Post by Currie » Sat Jul 02, 2011 5:17 am

In Kirkden the mother’s name seldom rated a mention before 1809.

Middleton something appears to be up this side road but Google has partly blotted out the sign because it thinks it is a car number plate. http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&ll=56 ... 4,,1,12.08

From another side road leading there, and Google's done it again. http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&ll=56 ... .5,,1,8.34

Alan

WendyT
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Re: What does "Cotton of...." refer to?

Post by WendyT » Sat Jul 02, 2011 6:08 am

Thanks everyone - how lovely does that area look? Don't know if it is my James Ogilvie but
if so, he sure lived in a lovely place (bet it was a bit tough back in the day though).
thanks again everyone
Wendy

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Re: What does "Cotton of...." refer to?

Post by jennyblain » Sat Jul 09, 2011 1:53 pm

Hi Wendy,
You've probably found a lot of Angus placenames are 'Cotton of...' 'Kirkton of ...' 'Milton of ...' and so forth - it describes the social organisation of people living in small hamlets. Cotton was where several cottars lived, Milton had the mill, Kirkton the kirk. The other common name is 'Mains of ...' which was the home farm named for the area. Alas a lot of the names aren't on Googlemaps.

All best,
Jenny
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Re: What does "Cotton of...." refer to?

Post by LesleyB » Sat Jul 09, 2011 5:52 pm

a lot of Angus placenames are 'Cotton of...' 'Kirkton of ...' 'Milton of ...'
Fife too! And probably quite a few other areas of Scotland.

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Re: What does "Cotton of...." refer to?

Post by jennyblain » Sat Jul 09, 2011 5:59 pm

Oh, certainly! Angus is where I came across it first though...
Jenny
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Re: What does "Cotton of...." refer to?

Post by WilmaM » Sat Jul 09, 2011 6:59 pm

and don't forget 'Coaltown of ....' coal-mines there in the past.

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