Homehead

Homehead NBH S NO231143 1 175m

    Holm Head 1775 Ainslie/Fife
    Holmhead 1828 SGF
    Homehead 1856 OS 6 inch 1st edn [settlement; wood is shown but not named]
    Homehead Wood 1888 x 1914 OS 6 inch 1st revision [settlement shown but not named]

? Sc or SSE holm + Sc heid or SSE head

‘The end of the haugh, or low-lying land by a river’, though there is no river or even burn here. Furthermore, holm is rare in Fife place-names. This raises the suspicion that it may be some kind of transferred name.

    It survives in the name Homehead Wood, which is still used of the woodland on the hill-side just above the site of the settlement (OS 1:10,000, 2007).

This place-name appeared in printed volume 4