Beath, Fife, Scotland

The Place-Names of Fife

by Simon Taylor with Gilbert Markus

KIRKTON [Beath parish], Settlement; National Grid Ref NT149922 (accurate); 160m elevation.

  the Kirktoun 1574 Inchcolm Chrs. p. 222
  the Kirktoun 1574 Inchcolm Chrs. p. 218
  the Kirktoun 1574 Inchcolm Chrs. p. 220 ['the Kirktoun and West Mylne occupyit be Robert Muirton']
  the Kirktoun 1601 Inchcolm Chrs. p. 225 [Alexander Maistertoun tenant of 'the landis of Kirktoun and Mwretoun of Beath']
  the Kirktoun of Baith 1668 RMS xi no. 1165
  Kirktown 1753 Roy sheet 17, 5 [also shows Manse, on east side of road, Kirk of Beath and Kirkford]
  Kirktown Farm 1759 RHP14330
  Kirktown 1775 Ainslie/Fife

Scots kirktoun

'Farm by or near the kirk' It takes its name from the nearby parish church of Beath known as Kirk o' Beath, which also gave rise to the name of Kirkford to the south of the kirk. It appears as Kirkton Farm on OS Pathf.

Inchcolm Chrs. Charters of the Abbey of Inchcolm, edd D.E. Easson and A. Macdonald, SHS 1938.
RMS Registrum Magni Sigilli Regum Scottorum ed. J.M. Thomson & others, Edinburgh 1882-1914.
Roy 1753 The Military Survey of Scotland, supervised by General William Roy, the 'fair copy', BM. Ref. K. Top XLVIII 25-1b, c; photocopies available in National Library of Scotland (NLS), Edinburgh University, Royal Scottish Geographical Society.
RHP Register House Plan, kept at West Register House, National Archives of Scotland, Charlotte Square, Edinburgh.
Ainslie/Fife Map of the Counties of Fife and Kinross compiled and engraved by John Ainslie 1775.

The Place-Names of Fife
Volume One. West Fife between Leven And Forth

Simon Taylor with Gilbert Markus.
Shaun Tyas, Donington, 2006
p 175

Reproduced with permission of the author. Links to maps by permission of National Library of Scotland.