Muirbrecks

Muirbrecks # CUP S NO359143 1 50m

    Murebrakis 1410 RMS i no. 927 [Robert duke of Albany grants to William Idill (Idille) [163] of Muirbrecks all the third part of the baronies of Baltilly (Balcaly) CER and Kingarroch (Kyngerrock) CER lying in barony of Ceres]
    upon the Moirbrakis 1485 SAUL B13/22/8 [meeting to settle boundary dispute between common lands of burgh of Cupar and lands of Carslogie MML]
    Murebrekkis 1488 x 1490 RMS ii no. 1962 [Alexander Fullarton (Fowlartoun) sells to John Baxter]
    Murebrekkis 1490 RMS ii no. 1961 [see Arnot’s Comb CUP]
    le Murebrekkis 1497 RMS ii no. 2360 [see Porterland CUP]
    Mwrbrekis 1580 Retours (Fife) no. 1462 [Henry Baxter, heir of David Baxter]
    (two thirds of) Muirbrekis 1601 Retours (Fife) no. 92 [see Arnot’s Comb CUP]
    Murebrekis 1618 Retours (Fife) no. 278 [James Scrymgeour]
    Muirbrecks or Gulesfaulds 1781 Sasines no. 61 [see Carslogie MML]

Sc muir + Sc braik

Sc braik can mean ‘a brake or thicket’ (DOST), ‘bracken’ (DOST), ‘ground broken up for cultivation’ (SND), ‘a hollow in a hill’ (SND), any one of which might be the origin of this name on the muir south-west of the burgh.

    A document of 1485 mentions a meeting ‘upon the Muirbrecks’ to settle a boundary dispute between the common lands of the burgh of Cupar and the lands of Carslogie MML (SAUL B13/22/8), and a slightly later document (of 1498) mentions the *Threipmuir (the Threpmure) i.e. the disputed muir between the burgh of Cupar and Carslogie (SAUL B13/22/14). This same document mentions a feature on the *Threipmuir called the *Thief’s or Thieves’ Road (the Theifis Rod).[164] The controversy rumbled on, for a document of 1526 reports that Clephane (Clapan) of Carslogie had destroyed the old metes,[165] props[166] and pots (pottis) on ground debateable between the two, and had cultivated the common muir of Cupar (SAUL B13/22/19).

    From the 1781 Sasine (no. 61) Muirbrecks is given the alternative name Gulesfaulds, which probably represents modern Gilliesfaulds CUP, q.v. This supplies the above NGR.

This place-name appeared in printed volume 4