Hangingmyre FAL S NO246053 1 275m
Hanging Mire 1775 Ainslie/Fife
Hanging Myre 1815 RHP489
Lands of Hanging Myers 1821 Falkland Wood Plan/1821
Hanging Myre 1856 OS 6 inch 1st edn
Sc hingin or SSE hanging + Sc or SSE mire
‘Hanging’ in the sense of ‘high-lying mire or marsh’? This is certainly an apt description, lying as it does relatively high up on the southern slopes of the East Lomond (Falkland Hill). This is proposed on the assumption that the specific element derives from Sc hing, which is the general verb, both transitive and intransitive, corresponding to SSE hang, rather than Sc hang, which tends to be restricted to the context of capital punishment (DOST). It is also proposed on the assumption that nearby Hanging Hill derives its name from Hanging Myre, and not the other way round.
OS Name Book (29, 49) describes it as follows: ‘A stone dwelling house with outhouses attached the property of Mr Balfour acquired by Mr Charles Arthur about 40 or 50 years ago. There was a silver mine opened at or about the west end of the dwelling house but the operations were abandoned from the probable failure of the precious metal’. OS Pathf. calls this place Hangingmyre Farm.
Locally /ðəˈhɪŋɪn mair/, with the definitie article and the standard Fife Sc pronunciation of ‘hanging’.
This place-name appeared in printed volume 2