Beath, Fife, Scotland

The Place-Names of Fife

by Simon Taylor with Gilbert Markus

MUIRTON [Beath parish], Settlement; National Grid Ref NT140927 (accurate); OS Pathfinder Sheet 384; 120m elevation; North facing.

  Mourtoun 1543 RMS iii no. 2915 [part of the barony of Baith belonging to Inchcolm].
  the Murtoun 1574 Inchcolm Chrs. p. 222
  the Murntoun 1574 Inchcolm Chrs. p. 218
  Mwretoun of Beath 1601 Inchcolm Chrs. p. 225 [Alexander Maistertoun tenant of 'the landis of Kirktoun and Mwretoun of Beath']
  Muretoun 1603 RMS vii no. 465 col. 3 [...Scheillis, Hiltoun, Eistertoun et Nathertoun, Muretoun...]
  The Moortown Farm 1759 RHP14330
  Muirton 1828 SGF

Scots muir + Scots toun

'Farm on the muir or rough grazing land'. It lay on Inchcolm Abbey's part of the lands of Beath. It lies at or close to Ainslie/Fife Seefare (1775).

RMS Registrum Magni Sigilli Regum Scottorum ed. J.M. Thomson & others, Edinburgh 1882-1914.
Inchcolm Chrs. Charters of the Abbey of Inchcolm, edd D.E. Easson and A. Macdonald, SHS 1938.
RHP Register House Plan, kept at West Register House, National Archives of Scotland, Charlotte Square, Edinburgh.
SGF Map Counties of Fife and Kinross, surveyed in the years 1826 and 1827, Sharp, Greenwood and Fowler, printed 1828, reprinted by Wychwood Editions, 1992

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

Simon Taylor with Gilbert Markus.
Shaun Tyas, Donington, 2006
p 179

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