Mackfend # ABO S NT151892 2 135m
Muck find 1753 Roy sheet 17, 5
Muckfend 1756 RHP3800
Makefend 1798 RHP1267
Make Fend 1854 RHP1271
Makfend Cottage 1856 OS 6 inch 1st edn.
? Sc mak + Sc fend
This name seems to belong to the category of humorous Sc names, often containing verbal constructions, such as Glowrourhim # CUS, Hungerhimout # KTT and Mackimrough # KTT. The first element may thus be Sc mak ‘make’, the second element Sc fend ‘to defend, protect; to support or maintain oneself; to shelter’, with the sense ‘make (to) support (yourself)’, implying that this was not easy on this upland ridge.
This explanation is corroborated by the OS Name Book 129, 45.
This place-name appeared in printed volume 1