Leightonslands * FGN S NO4327 3
Lichtonis landis 1512 Laing Chrs. no. 290 [Andrew Bonar (Bonnar) in the Friarton FGN to John Balfour the tack of lands of Inverdovat called *Leightonslands for 17 years, lying in the half barony of Naughton BMO, which lands Bonar and his spouse, Marion Lascelles (Lessalis) have in assedation from Walter Leighton (Lichtoun) of Usan (Wolfishavyn) (by Montrose) ANG]
Lichtounislandis 1601 Retours (Fife) no. 94 [to Lindsay of Balcarres KCQ ... lands of Inverdovat alias *Leightonslands (Inverdovat alias Lichtounislandis)]
pn Leighton + Sc land
The eponymous Leighton of this name would seem to be Walter Leighton of Usan by Montrose ANG, who appears as the feudal superior of *Leightonslands in 1512 (Laing Chrs. no. 290). In 1510 this same Walter Leighton of Usan (Walt. Lichtoun de Ullishavin) witnesses a charter of Janet Leighton (Lichtoun), daughter of David Leighton, late of Balcaskie CBE, anent the lands of Pitdinnie (Petdynneis) CNK, DFL (RMS ii no. 3481), which had long been tenurially connected with Balcaskie (see Pitdinnie CNK, PNF 1, and Balcaskie CBE, PNF 3). It can be assumed that Walter and Janet were related.
Black 1946, under Leighton, derives this name from the barony of Leighton, Bedfordshire, in southern England, citing early forms such as de Lectun, de Lechton, de Lectona and de Lychtoun. In the later medieval period, the name is more connected with north Angus around Brechin and Montrose, although it is found in Fife (apart from the Balcaskie and Pitdinnie connection mentioned above), especially in an ecclesiastical context: John of Leighton (de Lychton) was the Official of St Andrews in 1387 (C. A. Chrs. ii, 256; Fasti (Watt and Murray), 419); and in 1392 this same John of Leighton (de Lichon (sic)), described this time as vicar general of Walter bishop of St Andrews, as well as rector of the parish church of Dysart (Ysert) KDT, provided (i.e. presented or endorsed) Henry of Leighton (de Lychton), ‘nobly born, deacon of Brechin diocese’, no doubt John’s relative, to be collated (appointed) perpetual vicar of the parish church of Markinch (CPL Clement VII of Avignon, 173). In 1410 Duncan of Leighton (de Lythtone, probably an editorial error for Lychtone) was among the witnesses of a charter issued by Governor Robert, duke of Albany, at Cupar in Fife (RMS i no. 924).
This place-name appeared in printed volume 4