Letham

Letham MML S NO307145 1 362 65m SWF

    Lathane 1452 x 1480 RMS ii no. 1444 [St Andrews Church land, listed between Monimail and Cunnoquhie MML]
?   Dauid Sibbald de Lethame 1514 Fife Ct. Bk. 12
?   Dauid Sibbald of Lathene1516 Fife Ct. Bk. 59
?   the manys of Laithame 1521 Fife Ct. Bk. 236 [late David Sibbald of Letham, his widow Agnes asks to be served the terce of David’s lands of the Mains of Letham, and their mill, and his lands of Cookston (Cuykstone) CRA]
    Lathame 1538 St A. Rent. 7 [in parish of Monimail (Monymeill)]
    octavam partem ville et terrarum de Lethame et prati ejusdem 1552 x 1569 RMS iv no. 1869 [see MML Intro., Minor Names]
    ( 8 th of the lands and toun and meadow of) Lathame 1587 RMS v no. 1394 [to Robert Melville of Murdochcairnie KLM, in the regality of St Andrews]
    Lethame 1588 RMS v no. 1475 [see Melville House MML]
    de villa et terris de Lethame 1592 RMS v no. 2040 [to Robert Melville, with advowson of the church of Monimail (Monymaill), of the rectory and vicarage]
    Lathame 1593 RMS v no. 2292 [8th of the toun and lands of Letham, occupied by Beatrice Forret and William Paterson, her son]
    Lethame 1595 RMS vi no. 396 [Robert Melville of Murdochcairnie KLM feus to Thomas Myles (Mylis), portionar of Letham, a 32nd part of the toun and lands of Letham, and its meadow, in the lordship of Monimail, regality of St Andrews, except for a rig in the *Broomknowe (lie Brumeknow), between the lands of David Durie and the said Thomas, with a house, toft and garden lying next to the west side ‘of the burn of Letham’ (torrentis de Lethame)]
    Letham 1616 x 1627 RMS viii no. 1134 [commonty of Pathcondie MML and]
    (toun and lands of) Lethame 1636 Retours (Fife) no. 534 [Melville]
    Lathum 1654 Blaeu (Gordon) Fife
?   Lathem 1648 RMS ix no. 1939 [lands and tenandry of Struthers CER, comprehending the lands of Struthers, Kirkforthar MAI and Letham][322]
    village of Lethem 1723 Geog. Coll. i, 303 [‘famous for a sheep mercate every Wednesday in Aprile besides two head ones yearly’]
    Latham 1753 Roy sheet 18, 2
    Letham 1790s OSA, 657 [explained as ‘the side of the hill’, it is the ‘principal village’ of MML]
    Lethem mire 1790s OSA, 651 [‘a marsh of about 30 acres’]
    Letham 1855 OS 6 inch 1st edn
    Letham Hill 1855 OS 6 inch 1st edn

G leathan

‘Broad slope’, a very apt description of the topography of Letham. Leathan is a common place-name element in east Scotland, and occurs in all parts of Fife. See Watson 1926, 284, 518 (note) and PNF 5 Elements Glossary, s.v.

    A question-mark beside some early forms indicates uncertainty as to whether it refers to Letham MML, Letham SCO (PNF 2) or even Letham # CRA (PNF 3).

/ˈlɛθəm/

This place-name appeared in printed volume 4