Poffle Of Strathkinness

Poffle Of Strathkinness * SSL S NO4616 3

Paremounthe of Stra<k>ynnes 1587 Assumption, 10 [printed Stralrynnis; listed amongst the rental of the fermes in silver of all the lands in the lordship of St Andrews Priory; feued for 50 s.]
Paremounth 1587 Assumption, 12 [listed in the rental of the teind sheaves of the St Andrews Priory, within the parish of St Andrews (the Trinity) (after Strathkinness and before Balone), leased for 1 boll wheat, 4 bolls bere, 8 bolls oats <fo 24v has: Monthis pairt, 2 bolls oats> (i.e. that part feued to James Month; see next entry)]
Poffil of Strakynnes 1587 Assumption, 18 [in a list of land belonging to St Andrews Priory, feued to James Month for 50 s.; in the same list as a separate entry are the lands of Strathkinness (Strakynnes) ‘except Month pairt’ (ibid. 19)]
lie Poffill de Straikynnes 1611 RMS vii no. 464
terras nuncupatas Poffle de Straytouns 1625 Retours (Fife) no. 364 [lands called Poffle of Strathkinness]
Poffill of Strakynnes 1643 Retours (Fife) no. 638 [James Mount, in the lands of Poffle of Strathkinness commonly called *Sawgrieveslands of Strathkinness (Sawgreiffislandis de Strakynnes), in the lordships of the priory of St Andrews]

Sc paffle + Sc of + en Strathkinness

Sc paffle ‘Small piece of land, croft, allotment’, which according to CSD under paffle occurs in place-names from the late thirteenth century. Paremounth(e) of the first two entries is a strange Latin-Scots hybrid for Month’s Part (Monthis pairt) or Latin pars Monthis, that part of the lands of Strathkinness held by James Month, and clearly the same place as Poffle of Strathkinness (see for example 1587 Assumption, 12), with Latin pars ‘part’ translating poffle or paffle as well as Sc pairt.

An alternative name for this part of the lands of Strathkinness by the mid-seventeenth century was Sawgreiffislandis de Strakynnes (1643 Retours (Fife) no. 638). Although no such word as sawgreiff etc. appears in DOST or SND, and no such surname is recorded in Black 1946, it would seem to represent a grieve or overseer of a saw-mill.

The same element appears in CUS in the names Poffillis and Pattis-poffills (see PNF 1, 225, 232, 237).

This place-name appeared in printed volume 3