Fernie

Fernie MML S NO316147 2 50m

    Auiel de Fernin c.1165 x 1172 St A. Lib. 242 [w. charter of earl of Fife]
    Auiel de Fernin c.1165 x 1172 St A. Lib. 244 [w. charter of earl of Fife]
    Auiel de Fernin 1173 x 1178 St A. Lib. 243 [w. charter of earl of Fife]
    villa de Esterferny 1294 Stevenson, Documents i, 415 [see Easter Fernie]
    villa de Westerferny 1294 Stevenson, Documents i, 415 [earl of Fife’s land]
    Wester Ferny c.1350 RMS i App. 2, no. 1294 [Index A, 16th c.; John Graham]
    West Ferny c.1350 RMS i App. 2, no. 1294 [Index B, 17th c.; charter of confirmation by earl of Fife to John Skeen, of lands of Wester Fernie]
    Estirferny 1369 Morton Reg. ii no. 102 [q.v., above]
    Estirferni 1369 Morton Reg. ii no. 103
    (William of) Ferny 1390 x 1392 RMS i no. 854 [a juror]
    Robert<us> de Ferny 1411 St A. Lib. 14 [w.; bachelor in canon and civil law]
    terrarum de Ferny 1451 ER v, 467
    Estirferny 1489 RMS ii no. 1906 [for context see under Easter Fernie]
    Estirferny 1493 RMS ii no. 2149 [for context see under Easter Fernie]
    terras de Farny 1510 RMS ii no. 3430 [to Florentinus Auchmutie (Adinulty)]
    Westir Farny 1515 Fife Ct. Bk. 3 [see Kilface # MML, discussion]
    the lard of Farny 1515 Fife Ct. Bk. 5 [see Kilface # MML]
    Westir-Ferny 1528 RMS iii no. 549 [see Kilface # MML]
    Esterferny 1538 St A. Rent. 7 [in parish of Monimail (Monymeill)]
    Vesterferny 1538 St A. Rent. 7 [in parish of Monimail (Monymeill)]
    Estir Farny 1540 RMS iii no. 1540
    Westir Farny 1540 RMS iii no. 2136
    lie Myre de Farneis 1540 RMS iii no. 2136 [see Fernie Myres, below]
    baronia de Vester Farny 1540 RMS iii no. 2245 [lands and forest of Kilface MML, with offices of forester of Falkland and constable of Cupar, the lands of Nuthill by Falkland, etc., in barony of Wester Fernie]
    in baroniam de Farny-Wester 1540 RMS iii no. 2245
    marresiam de Farneis 1541 RMS iii no. 2642 [see Fernie Myres, below]
    Est Ferny 1555 Dunf. Reg. no. 576 [David Auchmutie of Easter Fernie]
    Andrew Fairnye de eodem 1580 x 1590 RMS v no. 1788 [‘of that ilk’]
    Wester Fairnye 1580 x 1590 RMS v no. 1788 [William Fernie of Foxton CUP, lands and barony of Wester Fernie, with their mill and principal messuage, lands and forest of Kilface, lying on north side ‘of the hills of Fernies’ (montium de Fairnyis), with ‘lie swaird eird’ and marshes of Fernie, both in property and in common pasture, with the office of forester of the woods of Falkland etc.]
    merresiis de Fairnyis 1580 x 1590 RMS v no. 1788 [‘the mires of Fairnies’]
    montium de Fairnyis 1580 x 1590 RMS v no. 1788 [‘the hills of Fernies’, to the north of which lie the lands and forest of Kilface]
    E. Fearny 1642 Gordon MS Fife
    W. Fearny 1642 Gordon MS Fife
    (barony of) Fairne 1658 Retours (Fife) no. 882
    (James Arnot of) Fairney 1664 Retours (Fife) no. 975
    (lands and barony of) Wester Fairney 1664 Retours (Fife) no. 975
    maresia de Fairney 1664 Retours (Fife) no. 975 [see Fernie Myres, below]
    Easterfairne 1678 Retours (Fife) no. 1166
    (barony of) Fearnie 1700 Retours (Fife) no. 1440
    House of Fairny 1723 Geog. Coll. i, 304
    the village of Easterfairny 1723 Geog. Coll. i, 303 [see Easter Fernie]
    Farney 1753 Roy sheet 18, 2
    Fairnie House 1775 Ainslie/Fife
    Fairny Hill 1775 Ainslie/Fife [a settlement on OS Pathf. Fernie Hill]
    E Fairny 1775 Ainslie/Fife
    Burntown of Fairnie 1813 Sasines no. 9927 [see following]
    barony of Wester Fairnie 1813 Sasines no. 9927 [including ‘Burntown of Fairnie, Drumclop, and the Sauchan Park’]
    Fairnie 1790s OSA, 657 [explained as ‘moist place where alders grow’]
    lands and barony of Wester Fairnie 1813 Sasines no. 9927 [see Kilface MML]
    Fernie House 1828 SGF [the only Fernie name]
    Fernie Hill 1855 OS 6 inch 1st edn
    Fernie Mill 1855 OS 6 inch 1st edn [with Fernie Barns immediately beside it]
    Easter Fernie 1855 OS 6 inch 1st edn

G feàrna + – in

‘Place of alder(s), alder place’. The name may be contained in nearby Collairnie DBG, q.v.

    OS Pathf. shows Fernie Castle (which gives the NGR above), Fernie Mill, Fernie Burn, Easter Fernie and Fernie Hill.

    Note that in 1590 there is mention of ‘a moss or peat-bog called Lochers (mossa vel petaria vocata Lochers) from which ‘suitable fuels are to be obtained for the houses of the lairds of Fernie’ (cum idoneis focalibus lucrandis pro domibus dominorum de Fairnyis). Since this charter deals with lands around both Falkland and Fernie MML, we cannot tell whether Lochers is in FAL or MML (RMS v no. 1788). Given that Lochers is described as a marsh or bog, it is likely that its name contains G luachair ‘rush’ (cf. Leuchars, this volume).

    For the identity of Aviel of Fernie, who witnesses several charters of the earl of Fife in the later twelfth century, see under Denork CMN (PNF 3).

    The division of Fernie into Easter and Wester had already taken place by the late thirteenth century. Wester Fernie later become known simply as Fernie.

/ˈfɛrnɪ/

This place-name appeared in printed volume 4