Newton

Newton FGN S NO400245 1 352

    in plena curia mea apud Neuton 1281 St A. Lib. 341 [Alexander Moray (de Morauia) son of Margery de Lascelles confirms a charter of Duncan Lascelles ‘in my full court at Newton’ on Friday after St Matthew’s Day (21 September)]
    apud Neuton 1281 Dryb. Lib. no. 20 [Margaret of Ardross ELI daughter of Merleswain late lord of Innergellie KRY, charter dated ‘at Newton’ on the Saturday before the feast of St Michael the Archangel (29 September)]
    Johannem de Moravia dominum de Newtona in Fyff 1364 RMS i no. 186
    molendinum de Newtona 1364 RMS i no. 186
    cotarii de Newtona 1364 RMS i no. 186 [‘cottars of Newton’]
    lordship of Newtoun 1390 x 1405 RMS i app. 2 no. 1705 B [17th c. Index; Robert III to Thomas Murray of Culbin MOR and Janet Maxwell of Pollock his spouse one plough(land) of St Fort, lands of Flass FGN, the mill of the Sea Mill(s) FGN), the passage and fishing of Sea Mill(s), in barony of Naughton and lordship of Newton; also lands of Pitfoddals (Badfodall) ABD]
    Ale ander de Moravia dominus de Newtone 1391 RMS i no. 834 [see also Inverdovat FGN]
    tria placita capitalia mea de Newtone 1391 RMS i no. 834 [‘my three capital pleas of Newton’]
    apud Newtoune 1451 x 1458 RMS ii no. 609 [see Inverdovat FGN]
    Newtoun 1517 RMS iii no. 177 [Andrew Kinnaird of that ilk sells half barony of Naughton to James Gardin of Newton, ‘lands of Newton and Woodhaven FGN otherwise called Forest of Kilface # MML, with the Cotlands and Brewlands of St Fort’ (terras de Newtoun et Wodhavin alias nuncupat. Forest de Gilface, cum le Cotlandis et Brewlandis de Sandfurd) in barony of Naughton][232]
    (baron of) Newtoune 1527 RMS iii no. 496 [John Kinnaird of that ilk PER]
    Westir Newtoun 1529 RMS iii no. 775 [in barony of Naughton]
    Newtoun Eister c.1560 s Assumption, 14
    Newtoun Wester c.1560 s Assumption, 14
    Midle Newtoun c.1560 s Assumption, 14
    Middle Newtoun c.1560 s Assumption, 20 [see Forgan]
    in terris et baronia de Newtounes 1620 Retours (Fife) no. 309 [John Leslie of Newton (Newtoun) ‘in the lands and barony of Newtons, viz Easter Newton (Eister-Newtoun), Wester Newton (Wester-Newtoun) and Middle Newton (Middle-Newtoun); also ‘in the Cotlands and Brewlands of St Fort, and in the salmon fishing of Woodhaven FGN on the water of Tay’ (terris cottagiis lie Coitlands et Brewlands de Sandfurde, et salmonum piscatione de Wedhevin super aquam de Tay), with the superiority of the lands of Woodhaven; in part of the lands of Glasslie FAL (PNF 2); ‘in 6 acres of arable land of Easter Newton called *Martinsfield alias Little Newton’ (6 acris terrarum arablium de Eister-Newtoun nuncupatis Mairtynisfeild alias Littill Newtoun)]
    Mairtynisfeild alias Littill Newtoun 1620 Retours (Fife) no. 309
    Newton 1642 Gordon MS Fife
    Newton Cotton 1642 Gordon MS Fife
    Newton Hill 1642 Gordon MS Fife
    W. Newton 1642 Gordon MS Fife
    Newtoun 1654 Blaeu (Gordon) Fife
    W. Newtoun 1654 Blaeu (Gordon) Fife
    Newton Cotton 1654 Blaeu (Gordon) Fife
    Neuton 1654 Blaeu (Pont) East Fife
    W. Neuton 1654 Blaeu (Pont) East Fife
    Easter Neutoun 1697 Retours (Fife) no. 1397 [daughters of William Dick of Grange BMO in various lands including ‘6 acres of arable land of Easter Newton, which acres are called *Martinsfield alias Little Newton’ (in 6 acris terrae arabilis de Easter Neutoun nuncupatis Mortinsfeild alias Litle Newtoune), all united into the barony of Newton (Newtoune)]
    (barony of) Newtoune 1697 Retours (Fife) no. 1397 [see preceding]
    Mortinsfeild alias Litle Newtoune 1697 Retours (Fife) no. 1397 [see preceding]
    Newtown 1775 Ainslie/Fife [also Newtown Cottown and Newtown Hill, both settlements]
    Newton 1828 SGF [also Cotton, which is the cotton or cottoun of Newton]
    Newton 1855 OS 6 inch 1st edn [also Newton Hill south of Newton, rising to a summit on the boundary of FGN and KLM]

Sc newtoun

‘New settlement, new farm’; when Newton is first mentioned in 1281 it is already an important place, where Alexander Moray’s court meets (St A. Lib. 341). Alexander Moray or Murray (de Morauia), knight, was the son and heir of Richard Moray and of his spouse Margery (Margeria) de Lascelles, whose first husband was Peter de Hay (dead by 1266). These marriages seem to have led to a permanent division of the barony of Naughton between the Morays and the Hays (Barrow 1980, 182), the former of whom resided at Newton (Campbell 1899, 489), while the latter remained at Naughton itself. Newton may in fact have been so named in the second half of the thirteenth century as the new centre of the Moray half of the lands and barony of Naughton.

    Margery was the daughter of Alan de Lascelles, lord of Naughton, who c.1200 had given the church of Forgan, ‘the mother church of my estate of Naughton’ to St Andrews Priory (St A. Lib. 260). Since this grant was made with the assent and at the prompting ‘of my wife Amabilla’ (uxoris mee Amable (sic)), Barrow has suggested that the church and land may have formed part of her dower (1980, 182), and it may be that Alan acquired all of Naughton through her.

    The farm building at Newton incorporates a vaulted chamber from a seventeenth-century house that stood there (NMRS NO42SW 2).

This place-name appeared in printed volume 4