Kinstair # LEU S NO453216 2 10m
(half of) Kinstare 1540 RMS iii no. 2114 [Leuchars-Ramsay]
Kynstar c.1560 s Assumption, 14
(half lands of) Kinstar 1567 Retours (Fife) no. 63 [Leuchars-Ramsay]
dimedietatem de Kynstar 1580 RMS iv no. 3033 [Forbes to Carnegie of Colluthie lands including ½ Kinstair and Ryehill LEU, Leuchars-Forbes barony]
Kingistarie 1635 RMS ix no. 307 col. 4
Kinstar 1658 Retours i (Fife) no. 882 [lands of Kinstair and Ryehill]
Kinstair 1688 Retours (Fife) no. 1292 [lands of Kinstair and Ryehill]
Kingstair 1700 Retours (Fife) no. 1440 [lands of Kinstair and Ryehill]
G ceann + G stair
‘Head or end of the crossing place over a bog or water-course’. Although Kinstair’s location is not known, there is reasonably good circumstantial evidence to suggest the above NGR, both in its close association with Ryehill LEU (NO452217) and in its meaning. The old road running north-west out of the village of Leuchars, goes past Ryehill and crosses the Great Drain at NO453216. Before the construction of the drain in the eighteenth century, the land here was very boggy, and crossing it would have required a causeway (stair).
See Kinestair # SSL (PNF 3), which contains the same elements.
This place-name appeared in printed volume 4