Nakedfield

Nakedfield # CRA S NO609092 1 50m

Tornakitfeild 1178 x 1185 RRS ii no. 196 [late copy; see Wormiston CRA, below, for more details]
terram de Tornakyders 1371 RMS i no. 391 [in the constabulary of Crail, to Andrew of Clephane (de Clapham), formerly belonging to Mariota Wardrop (de Wardrobe)]
Ternakiters 1518 Crail Register no. 19 [eleven acres of lands of *Tornakiterse]
Naikit Feild c.1560 s Assumption, 177 [paying rent to Haddington Priory of 10 bolls bere and 1 chalder of oats]
in terris de Tornakide<r>s 1561 Retours (Fife) no. 48 [printed Tornakideis; to George Clephane of Carslogie (Clarslogie) MML]
terras de Tornaikiters alias Naikitfeid (sic) 1581 x 1582 RMS v no. 420 [George Clephane (Clepane) of Carslogie (Carslogie)]
terras de Tornaikiters alias Naikitfeild 1581 x 1582 RMS v no. 421 [George Clephane (Clapane) of Carslogie (Claslogie)]
Naikitfeild 1594 RMS vi no. 100
Tornakatay 1618 Retours (Fife) no. 274 [Ninian Hamilton (Hammiltoun) burgess of Crail ‘in a quarter and an eighth part of the lands of *Tornakiterse called Nakedfield’ (in quarta et octava parte terrarum de Tornakatay vocata Nakitfeild)]
Nakitfeild 1618 Retours (Fife) no. 274 [see preceding]
Tournakeders 1654 Retours (Fife) no. 832 [to Bruce of Pitarthie (Pittairthie) i.a. ‘the quarter of the landis of Tournakeders called Naikedfeild, in the constabulary of Crail, extending to 21 aikers of arable lands, with the fourt pairt of the meidow’]
Naikedfeild 1654 Retours (Fife) no. 832 [see preceding]
Nakitfeild 1658 Retours (Fife) no. 881 [to David Moncreiff burgess of Crail ‘4 aikeris of arriable land of ane quarter of the landis of Nakitfeild’ in the constabulary of Crail]
Tornaikedairs 1672 Retours (Fife) no. 1110 [James Hamilton a quarter and an eighth part of the lands of *Tornakiterse called Nakedfield (vocata Naiketfeild)]
Naiketfeild 1672 Retours (Fife) no. 1110 [see preceding]
Tornakeders 1700 Retours (Fife) no. 1441 [Bruce of Pitarthie in a quarter of the lands of *Tornakiterse ‘now called Nakedfield’ (tunc nuncupatis Nakedfeild)]
Nakedfield 1775 Ainslie/Fife
Nakedfield 1828 SGF
Nakedfield 1855 OS 6 inch 1st edn

en *Tornakit + Sc field

Barrow suggests that *Tornakit may be a translation into Scots from G tòrr nochd ‘naked (pointed) hill or hillock’ (modern G lomnochd; RRS ii p. 250). However, it may simply have been assimilated to the Sc nakit, with its similar sequence of consonants. In whatever way *Tornakit arose, it had already generated the ribald form Tornakyders (i.e. Tor-nakit-erse, Tor-naked-arse) by 1371, a form still in use in 1700 (Tornakeders).

Nakedfield evolved as an alternative and more polite name for *Tornakiterse from around the middle of the sixteenth century. It is clear therefore that Tornakitfeild of RRS ii no. 196 is a late composition, confirming the lateness of many of the name-forms in that document (see under Wormiston CRA, below).

On OS 6 inch 1st edn Nakedfield is shown as a smaller dwelling immediately north-west of Clayholes. On OS 1 inch 2nd edn (1896) only Clayholes is shown. Both have disappeared from the OS Pathf.

This place-name appeared in printed volume 3