Spelling variations include Quhitsumhill and Whitsumhill. The name
appears as one or two words, without any consistency.
Whitsome Hill does not appear on the 17th century maps-- the earliest I
have found it on is General Roy's map which was made between 1747-1755. However,
there are sasines involving the farm dating as far back as 1624. Strangely,
the farm is not mentioned in the Statistical Account of the parish despite
the fact that it is clearly to be seen on John Blackadder's map of the same
date. It's shown as directly south of the village, east of Whitsome Vaults,
and north of Carterrig (for these last two, see the section on Extinct
Farms), pretty much where it is today. This contrasts with General
Roy who shows Whitsome Hill to the west of Whitsome Vonts , but it looks
rather tentatively penciled in. Its absence from the SA might be explained
by the fact that people seem to be using the names of Whitsomehill and
Whitsome Volts for the same piece of land at this time (eg William Mason is
shown as "tenant of Whitsomehill" in the OPR and "of
Whitsome Vaults" in the Consolidated Tax listing of the same year (in
which Whitsomehill is not mentioned). For more information on Whitsome
Vaults, see the extrinct farms section.
In the 19th century, ownership of Whitsomehill gave the proprieter a vote
in Parliamentary elections.