In the Protocol Books of Dominus Thomas Johnsoun 1528-1578 referred to as “Watterheid”

In 1851 – Farmed by John Jackson (50) born 1801 from Kilbride, Lanarkshire – a farm of 30 acres. Also recorded as living there:

Agnes Jackson (38)
William Jackson (16)
Mary Jackson (14)
Elizabeth Jackson (12)
All above born in  born Cadder, Lanarkshire
Christopher Jackson (1) born Cumbernauld

By 1871 John was living with his wife in Millerston and working as a labourer.

There are two records in the 1851 census for Wester Waterhead so there may have been a cottage or adjoined accommodation. John Anderson aged 36 is working as a Flax Miller and living at West Waterhead. 10 years earlier he lived with his family at Tannoch where his father was the farmer. His wife Cathrine Anderson (29) was born in Falkirk. John Anderson (2); Daniel Anderson (9 Mo); Infant Young Under 1m

Mary Young (22) Agricultural Labours Wife