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List of names as written Various modes of spelling Authorities for spelling Situation Description remarks
Site of MOAT HILL Moat Hill
Moat Hill
Moat Hill
Revd. Dr. [Reverend Doctor] Pratt. Chapel Hill.
Mr. Murray, Nethermill.
Mr. Snell, Bridgend.
031 This name is applied to a large cultivated hill feature. Dr. [Doctor] Pratt in his history of Buchan page 42, Says, The Moat or Meet Hill is an artificial mound on the same farm, (Ardiffery) at a short distance westward from the Gallow Hill. Meet or moat hills were the seats of justice in those days, when every lord of the manor has absolute jurisdiction over his vassals - commonly known as "the power of Pot and Gallows." The custom of holding courts in the open air, and on elevated spots, is said to be of Teutonic origin, and probably had for its object the administration of justice in the site of all. - The artificial mound mentioned above was removed when the land was reclaimed.
SMIDDY HILL Smiddy Hill
Smiddy Hill
Smiddy Hill
Revd. Dr. [Reverend Doctor] Pratt. Chapel Hill.
Mr. Murray, Nethermill.
Mr. Snell, Bridgend.
031 A small cultivated hill feature, situated on the farm of Bridgend and about ΒΌ mile from the Ph. [Parish] Church.

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