Sheirsland

Sheirsland # FGN S NO4426 2

    Serisland 1529 RMS iii no. 848 [‘Cauldhame otherwise called the lands of Sheirsland’; see Cauldhame FGN and Naughton BMO]
    Sterisland 1563 Laing Chrs. no. 763 [error, probably for Serisland]
    Schiris, Landris 1587 Assumption, 14 [transcription error for *Schirislandis; teind sheaves of Baledmond FGN, Cauldhame FGN and Sheirsland due to St Andrews Priory leased to David Balfour for £13 6 s. 8 d.]
    terras de Sirrisland 1597 RMS vi no. 637 [with lands of Cauldhame FGN]
    terras vocatas Scheirisland 1615 RMS vii no. 1321 [see Baledmond FGN]
    Sherisland 1642 Gordon MS Fife
    Sheirsland 1654 Blaeu (Gordon) Fife

? pn Seres or Shirras + Sc land

The first element may be the surname Ceres or Seres, from the Fife parish and village of Ceres,  or Shirras/Shirres, which according to Black is an Aberdeenshire name (1946, 724). Examples from RMS of the former are: Robert Seres, burgess of Dundee, 1408 RMS i no. 916; George Seras, cantor of Brechin Cathedral, 1480 RMS ii no. 1441; David Serace, Montrose, 1492 RMS ii no. 2113; Giles Seres, Perth 1513 RMS ii no. 3870; David Seres, Dundee, 1524 RMS iii no. 266.

    On Blaeu (Gordon) Fife (1654) Sheirsland is immediately south-west of Cauldhame (Coldhame) FGN, with which it is closely associated.

This place-name appeared in printed volume 4