Craigloun

Craigloun CBE S NO511086 1 374 160m NEF

(land of) Karneglun 1165 x 1214 RRS ii p. 476
Carngloun 1517 Fife Ct. Bk. 397 [17th c. copy; Taxt roll of Fife]
Craglow 1539 x 1540 Knights of St John, 26 [‘Item Craglow in the lard of Carnbeis handis in pley’][72]
Carnglowns 1642 Gordon MS Fife [or Carnglowne]
Carn-gloun 1654 Blaeu (Gordon) Fife
Craigloon 1828 SGF
Craigloon 1845 NSA ix, 914
Craig Loun 1855 OS 6 inch 1st edn [also shows Craigloun Den, the boundary of CBE and DNO]

G càrn + G glùn

‘Knee cairn’, perhaps referring to the shape of a burial mound or tumulus (cairn). NMRS records no such monument in the vicinity, however.

William I granted to the Knights Templars at North Ferriby (Yorkshire East Riding) the land of Craigloun. Now very much off the beaten track, Craigloun would have lain strategically about half way along a main pilgrimage route from Earlsferry to St Andrews, which probably prompted the royal grant. The templar connection no doubt also explains the nearby place-name Knights Ward CBE.

See Craigtoun CMN, above, for possible confusion between Craigloun and Craigtoun.

This place-name appeared in printed volume 3