Lundin Mill

Lundin Mill LAR S NO411029 1 374 20m

molendino nostro de Lundy c.1178 x 114 Inchcolm Chrs. no. 3 [grant of 15 s. annually to Inchcolm Priory; see below, and LAR Introduction]
Lundy Mille 1657 Lamont’s Diary 102
Lundin Mill 1775 Ainslie/Fife
Lundinmill 1827 Ainslie/East Fife
Lundin Mill 1836 NAS SCO 20 4/22 [Cupar Sheriff Court Aliment Decrees; Agnes Brown of Lundin Mill married James Coutts, a weaver of Lundin Mill]
Lundin Mill 1855 OS 6 inch 1st edn [the name of the village, with the mill at the above NGR marked ‘Corn Mill’]

en Lundin + Sc miln

The mill is first mentioned in the late twelfth or early thirteenth century, when Walter of Lundin and his spouse Cristina granted fifteen shillings silver yearly to Inchcolm Priory from their mill of Lundin (Inchcolm Chrs. no. 3). From this money grant we also learn that the mill was operated by their miller called John (Johanni molendinario suo). John paid Walter rent or ferme (firma) for the mill, since Walter instructs him to pay fifteen shillings annually to Inchcolm out of this rent (Inchcolm Chrs. no. 4). The mill is mentioned again in 1419: ‘the millers of the vill of Lundin, fifteen shillings yearly paid from the same mill’ (molendinarios ville de Lundy quindecim solidi annui redditus de eodem molendino) (Inchcolm Chrs. no. 42).

    John Lamont relates that in October 1657 ‘William Lundy caused stoole[168] Lundy Mille all new; the wright that wrought it was James Edee, the said Williams brother in law. Robert Maitland, Laird of Lundy, gaue him two great elme tries for to stoole the said mille, which grew out without the deike, betuixt the bayre [byre] and coale horse stabell. (Remember, the said William, at that time, said to the Laird, that he should neuer, in his time, seike any more timber from him for the said mille.) Robert Bayle at this time was miller ther’ (Lamont’s Diary 102).

    The mill gave its name to a ‘village’ in Lower Largo, as witnessed by Westwood’s Directory in 1862, which reports that ‘the village of Lundin Mill is chiefly inhabited by weavers’ (p. 153). Lundin Mill on OS 6 inch (1855) is the name of the village, while ‘Corn Mill’ (otherwise un-named) is marked at the NGR given above. Also shown on this map are a mill lead, drawing water from the Hatton Burn at Ladysknowe #, with sluices at both top and bottom ends, and a ‘Mill Dam’ at NO411031. This same map shows a mill lead running on downstream from Lundin Mill to a dam serving a ‘Spinning Mill (Flax)’ on the left (north) bank of the Keil Burn c.350 m from the sea. Remains of the lead are still to be seen.

    This mill is referred to in the names of Lundin Mill Primary School in Lower Largo, and the nearby street-name Mill Wynd. Note also OS Pathf. Flour Mill Farm, presumably referring to Lundin Mill.

This place-name appeared in printed volume 2