Chapelwell

Chapelwell # DFL S NT113875 1 75m

Chapell 1642 Gordon MS Fife
Chappell 1654 Blaeu (Gordon) Fife
St Johns Chapel 1775 Ainslie/Fife
Chapelwell 1828 SGF
Chapelwell 1856 OS 6 inch 1st edn.

Sc chapel + Sc wall

‘Chapel well’. On the north side of the Lyne Burn, on the lands of Touch Mains, now eastern Dunfermline, lay a medieval chapel dedicated to St John, a dedication reflected in local street-names St John’s Drive and St John’s Place. E. Henderson (1879, 142) says that it was ‘St John’s Chapel, Garvock-terra’, and that it is mentioned in ‘some old deeds, which refer to 1390’, but gives no indication of his source. OS Name Book (1853 × 1856) describes Chapelwell thus: ‘A small cottage on the farm of Touch Mains. On the south side is a well which is traditionally said to have belonged to a Chapel which was here but of which no remains can now be seen’ (130, 29). There was a manse and a glebe connected with this chapel, which is referred to in 1558 as ‘the Gleib of St John’s Chapel’ or ‘St John’s Gleib’ (Chalmers 1844 vol. 2, 158).

This place-name appeared in printed volume 1