Greenside

Greenside FGN C NO431292 1 352 0m

Greinsyd 1615 RMS vii no. 1321 [see Baledmond FGN, discussion]
    Greinsyde 1633 RMS viii no. 2208 [Nairn of St Fort, ‘with the salmon fishing of the said lands (of Inverdovat) called Greenside’ (cum salmonum piscaria dictarum terrarum nuncupata Greinsyde)]
Greinsyde 1643 Retours (Fife) no. 635 [Nairn, salmon fishing called]
    Greensyd Ness 1654 Blaeu (Pont) East Fife
    Greinsyde 1656 Retours (Fife) no. 859 [Nairn, ‘salmond fishing callit’]
    Greenside Scalp 1855 OS 6 inch 1st edn

Sc green + Sc side

‘Green side’, probably referring to the grassy shore on the mainland nearest this fishing ground, although it may also refer to the colour of the water here. It is now known as Greenside Scalp (Sc scaup ‘bank in the sea’), which supplies the above NGR. On a 1791 plan of part of the Back Common of Inverdovat, which shows the lands of Craighead to the west and Scotscraig to the east, and which includes the shoreline between the two, the feature marked ‘Scalp visible at low water’ (RHP614) is probably Greenside Scalp. The OS Name Book (32, 72) describes Greenside Scalp as ‘A small bank of shingle between high and low water. It is an established point of boundary between the parishes of Forgan and Ferry-Portoncraig’.

    It is not to be confused with another fishing ground called *Greenshed (i.e. ‘green division’), which probably lay nearby, and is mentioned in the same charters cited above for Greenside e.g. the salmon fishing of the *Greenshed (lie Greinsched) on the west side of the River Tay 1615 RMS vii no. 1321 (see Baledmond FGN, discussion); and ‘the salmon fishing called *Greenshed’ (salmonum piscaria vocata Greinsched) 1643 Retours (Fife) no. 635.

This place-name appeared in printed volume 4