Inchshanks # AMY S NO2113 3
lie Inschokis 1616 RMS vii no. 1397 col. 5 [‘a portion called the Inschokis belonging to Thomas Shuilbraids’ (portione lie Inschokis nuncupata ad Tho. Schuilbraidis pertinente)]
lie Inschokis 1616 RMS vii no. 1397 col. 8 [10-shilling-land in Bondhalf]
Inshalks 1661 Retours (Fife) no. 905 [to Thomas Shuilbraids (Schoolbraids), portionar of Auchtermuchty, grandson of Thomas Schuilbraids, ‘in 2 portions of 10-shilling-field-lands of Bondhalf of Auchtermuchty called Inchshanks’ (in 2 portionibus 10 solidatarum terrarum agrestium, lie Feild lands de Bondhalf de Auchtermuchtie nuncupatis Inshalks)]
Inchshanks 1803 Sasines no. 6566 [‘lands lying in the Hills of Auchtermuchty called Inchshanks with commonty in the Hills of Auchtermuchty and lands called Whitefield’]
G innis + ?
The first element is innis, originally ‘island’, later also ‘haugh, low land by water, slightly rising ground on or beside a flood-plain’. Given that Inchshanks is described as lying in the Hill(s) of Auchtermuchty (whence above approximate NGR), there are not many such features in this upland area: it would have to be located along the course of the Glassart Burn or its tributary (for which see the *Gairlay Burn, above).
It is not to be confused with *Inshelt, for which see Dunshelt AMY. Another minor local name appears to contain G innis, but occurs very late in the record, as part of the lands of Crosshills AMY (q.v.): Inchunee and Inchunee Butts 1817 Sasines no. 11,734; Inshumee and Inshumee Butts 1818 Sasines no. 12,006.
This place-name appeared in printed volume 4