Southfield

Southfield LEU S NO439219 1 352 10m

    Southheilde 1513 RMS ii no. 3834 [lands of Brackmont LEU and Southfield with their mills; Leuchars-Forbes; William Forbes of Rires to William Ramsay]
    (John Gourlay of) Southheild 1513 RMS ii no. 3834 [w.]
    Southeild c.1560 s Assumption, 14 [‘Brakmounth, Luklaw and Southeild’]
    Southfeildis c.1560 s Assumption, 14
    Southeild (vel Southfeld) 1610 Retours (Fife) no. 218 [Robert Forbes of Rires]
    Southheid 1654 Blaeu (Pont) East Fife
    Southeeld 1654 Blaeu (Gordon) Fife
    Southfeild 1672 Retours (Fife) no. 1116 [Janet Ramsay, Brackmonth and Southfield with mills, in barony of Leuchars-Forbes (Leuchar-Forbes)]
    Southeild 1686 Retours (Fife) no. 1273 [Rbt Forbes of Rires KCQ, with mill]
    Southead Mill 1775 Ainslie/Fife
    Southfield Mill 1797 RHP1279
    Southfield 1818 Sasines no. 11924 [‘part of the lands of Brackmouth (Brackmont LEU) called Southfield’]
    Southfield 1827 Ainslie/East Fife
    Southfield 1828 SGF
    Southfield 1855 OS 6 inch 1st edn

Sc south + ?

The second element is a puzzle. In 1610 Southfeld is given as an alternative to Southeild, with the assimilation of the unusual second element to the more common Sc field already in evidence about 50 years earlier (Assumption, 14). Thereafter forms in –field come to dominate, although the 1775 form Southead shows that the original form had not been completely displaced, but had been re-interpreted as Sc heid or SSE head rather than field.

This place-name appeared in printed volume 4