Selvage IKG S NT122831 3
Balwinchie 1329 Scrymgeour Inventory no. 147 [for *Salwinch(i)e; see also discussion below]
Salchinche 1359 ER i, 560
Salieache 1355 x 1360 RMS i app. 2 no. 1251 A [16th c. index]
Salveneich 1355 x 1360 RMS i app. 2 no. 1251 B [17th c. index]
Salweynche 1511 RMS ii no. 3558
mons de Salweynch 1511 RMS ii no. 3558 [‘the hill of Selvage’; this is to become the capital messuage of the barony of Inverkeithing, as granted to John Mowbray, and defined in the charter]
Salueynche 1539 RMS iii no. 1934
Selvedge 1654 Blaeu (Gordon) Fife
? G seileach or ? G. salach + G innis
‘Willow(y) meadow or haugh’ or ‘dirty (salach) haugh’. The name has survived in two modern Rosyth street names viz Selvage Street and Selvage Place. The NGR given is inferred from Blaeu (Gordon) Fife.
The earliest form Balwinchie (1329 Scrymgeour Inventory no. 147) is obviously a copying error for *Salwinchie or *Salwinche (first spotted by J. Maitland Thomson in the index to Scrymgeour Inventory under Balwinchie). Stephen overlooked or ignored Maitland Thomson’s identification and gives us an unlikely etymology of an unlikely form (1921 48; 1938, 153).
Blaeu (Pont) West Fife Belzeid may be a garbled form of Selvage, or it may represent Belleknowes IKG, which see for more details.
This place-name appeared in printed volume 1