Innerleith

Innerleith CLS S NO282111 1 362 40m

    Innerliel 1775 Ainslie/Fife [or perhaps Innertiel]
    Inderleath 1787 Sasines no. 1730 [James Wise, weaver, Innerleith, parts of Innerleath (Inderleath)]
    Inderleath 1787 Sasines no. 1735
    Inderleth 1792 Sasines no. 3157
    Inderleth 1820 Sasines no. 13,045
    Innerliel 1827 Ainslie/East Fife
    Innerleith 1828 SGF
    Innerleath 1831 RHP3554
    Innerleith 1856 OS 6 inch 1st edn

This may be a name of G origin, containing G inbhir ‘mouth of’ + the name of a water-course related to the more famous Water of Leith MLO. Certainly, before the draining of Rossie Loch, Innerleith will have stood on or near this substantial body of water, and so the *Leith could have been the name of a small water-course which flowed into the loch at this point. However, given the lateness with which this name appears, and the fact that it so closely resembles the well-known suburb of Edinburgh (Inverleith), which was also the older name for the port of Leith itself, the possibility has to be considered that Innerleith CLS is a transferred name from Midlothian, or has at the very least been re-modelled in the light of the Midlothian name.

    The NGR given above is for OS Pathf. Innerleith Farm. OS Pathf. also shows Innerleith as a name for the wider surrounding area.

This place-name appeared in printed volume 4