Star Moss ~ MAI V NO304041 1 373 95m
Brountoun Moss 1684 Adair/East Fife
Bruntoun Moss 1725 Geog. Coll. i, 301 [see discussion]
Peat Moss 1775 Ainslie/Fife [probably a description rather than a name]
Peat Moss 1828 SGF [ditto]
Star Moss 1856 OS 6 inch 1st edn
en Star + Sc moss
The moss or bog has been named after the settlement of Star KWY, which was itself named after the causeway (G stair ‘a causeway across a bog’) which crosses Star Moss. It was also known as Brunton Moss (named after the lands of Brunton MAI to the south). The Laird of Balfour, in his description of Markinch in 1725, writes that benorth Dalginch Law (Dallginsh Law) ‘is a large moss called Bruntoun Moss, where oak trees of a very surprizing bigness are yearly houed out’ (Geog. Coll. i, 301). This is a reference to bog oak, that is old (possibly prehistoric) oak preserved in the bog..
For more on the moss, and the causeway, see Star KWY and Lochend MAI. It consists today of mixed woodland, moss and a small loch. The causeway is for the most part still in place.
This place-name appeared in printed volume 2