Muirheid de Forthar 1645 RMS ix no. 1600 [‘in the lands of Muirhead of Forthar, with the Overmill, mill-lands etc.’ (terris de Muirheid de Forthar, cum lie Overmylne, terris molendinariis etc.)]
Moor heid 1654 Blaeu (Pont) Fife [name of an area with no settlement symbol attached]
Muirhead 1828 SGF
Muirhead 1856 OS 6 inch 1st edn
Sc muir + Sc heid
‘Head or (upper) end of the muir or rough grazing (for the lands of Forthar)’. OS Pathf. Drakelands (NO293052) appears on OS Explorer (2001) as Muirhead Farm, though the present occupants (July 2006) of this farm refer to it both as ‘Drakelands’ and, more formally, ‘Drakelands Muirhead Farm’.
Muirhead appears in conjunction with the Over Mill (lie Overmylne) and Mill-lands in 1645. These probably represent the mill served by Milltail FAL and shown as Kirkforthar Mill on Ainslie East/Fife (1827) and Hole Mill on SGF (1828). See Milltail FAL for further discussion.
Ainslie/Fife (1775) does not show Muirhead, but does show Coltpark slightly to the north. This survived as the field-name Cult Park on RHP23586 (1813), centred at NO291056.
OS Pathf. also shows Muirhead Holding 200 m to the south of Muirhead.
/ˈmjurhɛd/, locally /ˈmjurhid/, formerly /ˈmerhid/, showing the standard local pronunciation of muir as if written mair.
This place-name appeared in printed volume 2