Priestfield

Priestfield CLT S NO340090 1 373 85m NWF

Priestfeild 1753 Roy sheet 18, 1
Priestfield 1775 Ainslie/Fife
Priestfield 1828 SGF
Priestfield 1856 OS 6 inch 1st edn
Priestfield 1886 RHP3313 [‘Lower Bunzion, Dennihogles Field & part of Priestfield’]

Sc priest + Sc field

Probably ‘field belonging to, or providing revenues for, the priest’, presumably for the priest of Cults kirk. Given that Sc priest went out of use with reference to clergy at the Reformation, the name is likely to be a medieval survival.

    Theoretically the first element could be the pn Priest, recorded in Scotland as early as 1306. This is, however, very rare (Black 1946, 673): there is no one with this name in Fife Ct. Bk or RMS v-xi.

    Whatever the exact origin, the fact that there is no genitival s on priest, which might be expected, can be explained by its loss in the almost unsustainable consonant cluster *-stsf-.

    Compare also Priest Field # SCO, below.

This place-name appeared in printed volume 2