Kinestair

Kinestair # SSL S NO616163 2

Kinastare 1140 St A. Lib. 122 [Bp Robert to St Andrews Priory]
Kinnastare 1141 x 1150 David I Chrs. no. 126 [= St A. Lib. 190]
Kinastre 1156 St A. Lib. 51
Kinnastare 1160 RRS i no. 174 [= St A. Lib. 206]
Kinnastare 1160 x 1162 St A. Lib. 131
Kinastare 1165 x 1169 RRS ii no. 28 [o.c.; corresponds to St A. Lib. 214]
Kinestair c.1220 Terrier C [17/18th c. copy; part of the Boar’s Raik]

G ceann + G an + G stair

‘Head or end of the bog- or river-crossing’ (ceann na staire). G stair seems frequently to mean a causeway across a bog. However, stair in Stermoling # SSL clearly refers to a river-crossing. Kinestaire might be the land on the east side of the Kinness Burn around the Stermoling bridge-head. Barrow (1984, 61–2) identifies this crossing with the site of today’s Shore Bridge, earlier Bowbrig # (q.v.), which carries the road from St Andrews eastward towards Crail and Anstruther, and this supplies the above NGR.

Kinstar # LEU (first recorded as Kinstare 1540 RMS iii no. 2114) contains the same generic and specific element as Kinestair, but cannot be the same place (see s.n. PNF 4).

This place-name appeared in printed volume 3