Brewsterwells

Brewsterwells CMN SSL S NO480097 1 374 175m NEF

Brousterwall 1753 Roy sheet 18, 1
Browster Walls 1800 Cameron Parish Papers
Brownstone Walls 1775 Ainslie/Fife
Brewsterwalls 1815 SAUL MEP 17 [farm on the estate of Lathockar]
Brewster walls 1827 Ainslie/East Fife
Brewsterwalls 1828 SGF
Browster Walls 1855 OS 6 inch 1st edn

Sc brewster or pn Brewster + Sc wall

‘Brewer’s wells or Brewster’s wells’. I have been unable to find anyone of the name Brewster (or similar) associated with this part of Fife. The specific element is more likely to derive from an occupational description, perhaps indicating that these were wells where water was drawn for brewing beer.

According to the 1815 plan of the estate of Lathockar (SAUL MEP 17) the farm of Brewsterwells contained a small house called Coaltown, marked also as such on Ainslie/Fife (1775), and indicating small-scale coal-extraction here by the second half of the eighteenth century, possibly much earlier.

This place-name appeared in printed volume 3