Old Photograph West End Fauldhouse Scotland
Old photograph of cottages and people at the West End of Fauldhouse in West Lothian, Scotland. Fauldhouse was known until the 19th century by the names Falas or latterly Fallas. There are families with the surname Fallas, who obviously had ancestors who came from Fauldhouse. The name Fallas or Fauldhouse has been translated as house on the fold or house in the field.
Fala, is of Scottish territorial origin from the lands of Fala in Midlothian. The name is believed to derive from the Medieval English " Falwe ", meaning " Fallow " i.e. a piece of ploughed ground left uncropped for a year or more. The surname was first recorded in the latter part of the 12th Century. One, Bartholomew de Faulaw was witness to a charter in favour of the House of Soltre between the years 1214 and 1240. One, George de Falow was Provost of Edinburgh in 1421. The variant spellings Fallawe, Fawlo, Faulo and Falowe appear on record in Scotland during the period 1426 to 1453. James Fala was a tenant under the Abbey of Kelso in 1576. On June 24th, 1723 William Falla and Janet Veitch were married in Edinburgh, Midlothian. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Radulf Falache, charter witness, which was dated circa 1165 in The Register of Paisley Monastery, during the reign of King William.
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