Beath-halkett

Beath-halkett * BEA DFL S NT135915 3

Beicht-Hacheid 1557 x 1585 RMS v no. 898 [also Beicht-Hakheid; see BEA Introduction]
Maisterton B<eth> 1642 Gordon MS Fife
M<aiste>rtounsbaith 1646 Henderson 1865, 18
Maisterton beth 1654 Blaeu (Gordon) Fife
Baith-Halket alias Mastertouns-Baith 1669 Retours i Fife no. 1056 [in the parish of Dunfermline; held by the Wardlaws]

en Beath + pn Halkett

The Halketts of Pitfirrane were an important local family (see Dunf. Reg. Ct. Bk. 168–71). *Beath-Halkett was also, and later, called *Mastertonsbeath. There was a Dunfermline burgess family called Masterton (Mastirto(u)ne), members of which appear frequently in the burgh records from 1488 onwards (see Dunf. Recs. passim). They took their name from Mastertown DFL. In 1601 Alexander Maistertoun held the lands of Kirkton (Kirktoun) and Muirton (Mwretoun) of Beath from Inchcolm (Inchcolm Chrs. p. 225), and it was probably at this time that Mastertons held Beath-Halkett.

In 1557 *Beath-Halkett is situated between Stevensonsbeath, Bonallysbeath, Turnbullsbeath (i.e. Dalbeath), Leuchatsbeath and the commonty of Inchcolm (RMS v no. 898; for full details see BEA Introduction). Blaeu (Gordon) Fife places Maisterton beth between Beth K<irk> and Loch Fitty, north of the Hill of Beath and Dalbeath (Hackstons beth).

This place-name appeared in printed volume 1