Inner Bridge

Inner Bridge LEU O NO450198 1 363 5m

    Innerbrig 1562 Assumption, 10 [St Andrews Priory land, leased for 20 s.]
    the Innerbrig 1567 x 1593 RMS v no. 2296 [see discussion]
    Innerbrig 1593 RMS v no. 2273 [archbishop of St Andrews land]
    Innerbrig 1611 RMS vii no. 464 col. 2 [with its teinds, St Andrews Priory land]
    terras de Innerbrig 1625 Retours (Fife) no. 363
    Innerbrig 1641 RMS ix no. 1005
    Innerbridge 1654 Blaeu (Pont) East Fife
    Inner Bridge 1855 OS 6 inch 1st edn

? Sc inner + Sc brig

‘Inner bridge’? The bridge in question is over the Motray Water a short distance before it flows into the Eden Estuary. There was a bridge here as early as the second decade of the thirteenth century, referred to as the bridge of Motray.[286] It probably acquired the specific inner to contrast it with the early fifteenth-century Guard Bridge (see PNF 3, 45–7), which crosses the Eden itself just before it broadens out into an estuary, about 800 m south of Innerbrig.

    In March 1567 the Meldrums of Seggie LEU feued to David Gullane (Gulyne) and Griselda Kade his spouse and their heirs two acres, including teinds, lying beside the Inner Bridge, between the water of Motray (Motre) to the east, the *Brig Acre (the Brig-aiker) to the south, the *Hatton (?) (i.e. the toun at the hall or big house) (lie Hautoun) and *Several Acre (?) (i.e. a separate or individual acre; see DOST under several) (Seurell-aiker) to the west, (and) the stripe or small burn (lie strype) to the north, in the parish of Leuchars (RMS v no. 2296).

    It is suggested above that the lands of what became Inner Bridge may have been part of *Ethie LEU (if it was in Fife at all, q.v.), with reference to a ford (G àth) over the Motray Water here before the construction of the first bridge.

This place-name appeared in printed volume 4