Muirbrecks # CUP S NO359143 1 50m
Murebrakis 1410 RMS i no. 927 [Robert duke of Albany grants to William Idill (Idille)  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). The controversy rumbled on, for a document of 1526 reports that Clephane (Clapan) of Carslogie had destroyed the old metes, props 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