Ring

Ring CER S NO367096 1 140m

The Ring 1654 Blaeu (Gordon) Fife
Rings 1828 SGF
Ring 1855 OS 6 inch 1st edn

? Sc ring

The element ring is commonly found in Scottish place-names where there is some evidence for the existence of a fortification or other curvilinear prehistoric or early historic earthwork. For example what appears to be the remains of a circular fortification on Black Cairn, a hill by Newburgh in north Fife, is referred to in 1457 as ‘the ring of Black Cairn’ (le rynge de Blakarne), and is described in Latin as a ‘stoney ring’ (circlum lapideum) (Lind. Lib. no. 2; see also under Black Cairn NBH, PNF 4).

    The present occupier of Ring Farm, Moira Henderson, says that a semicircular ditch in her garden may represent the ‘ring’ in question. Fife Councl Archaeologist Douglas Speirs has examined the site, and suggests that its name, its position on the summit of rising ground, and the fact that aerial photography shows a section of curvilinear boundary around the farm buildings at least allows speculation that this may be the site of a prehistoric fort or earthwork.[47] It may also be relevant to the name that the marches of Ring Farm clearly describe a semi-circle on all sides except the north-east.

    OS Pathf. shows the site as Ring Farm.

This place-name appeared in printed volume 2