Craighead

Craighead CRA S NO632098 1 364 20m

Cragheid 1642 Gordon MS Fife
Craig 1654 Blaeu (Pont) East Fife
Craghead 1654 Blaeu (Gordon) Fife
Craighead 1753 Roy sheet 19, 5
Craighead 1775 Ainslie/Fife
Craighead 1855 OS 6 inch 1st edn

Sc craig + Sc heid

‘Crag- or rock-head or end’. Given the very rocky nature of the shoreline here, it is hard to be certain which particular crag the name refers to, but there is a particularly craggy coastline immediately to the north-east of Craighead. The eponymous craig is probably that to which the G name Cragmore (G creag mhòr ‘big crag or rock’) refers. This is mentioned in 1445 as the name of a hill on the lands of Balcomie CRA from which the canons of St Andrews were given leave to quarry building stone (NLS MS Adv. 15.1.18 no. 103; see Balcomie, above).

This place-name appeared in printed volume 3