Northbank

Northbank CMN SSL S NO445115 1 363 145m NOF

Northbank 1888 x 1914 OS 6 inch County Series, 1st revision

Sc north + Sc bank

Now a small settlement on the farm of Greigston, it lies on a north-facing slope. It was called Wetfeet on Ainslie/Fife (1775) (mis-copied onto Roy sheet 18, 1 (1753) as Westfoot), and Weetfit on Westmains of Greigston Plan (1812), the former being the English, the latter the Sc form. On Ainslie/Fife, due to the name occurring right at the edge of a sheet, the name appears twice, once as Wetfeet, once as Welfoot, which is best seen as a transcription error for Wetfoot or Wetfeet. It appears on Ainslie/East Fife (1827) as Weelfoot. That this earlier name contained the Sc elements weet ‘wet’ and fit ‘foot’ is confirmed by the detailed plan of 1812, and by the local pronunciation. According to Mr Thomas Grant of Greigston House, it has always been known locally as Weetfit.[45] The name may have referred to the wet ground on what was once a poorly drained slope, or to the fact that there does not seem to have been a proper road to the place.[46] Its humorous, and somewhat pejoritive, overtones no doubt contributed to the change of the name to Northbank. In the south-east corner of the estate there was a pendicle called South Bank #, which may also have encouraged the application of the name Northbank to this site to create a kind of symmetry.[47]

On the site of OS Pathf. Northbank, OS 6 inch 1856 shows a ‘ruin’, but no name is given.

This place-name appeared in printed volume 3