Seafield

Seafield KGH S NT279885 1 10m

Sefeld 1320 x 1329 RMS i app. 1 no. 84 [Robert I grants to William of Kinghorn two carucates of land, one of Seafield and one of Tyrie with Drumdyuane]
Sefeld 1358 ER i 564
(royal land of) Seefeld 1369 RRS vi no. 425 [part of the royal lands, with the mill, granted to Sir James Douglas; see Seafield discussion below]
Sefelde 1372 RMS i no. 415 [cf RRS vi no. 425]
(land of) Seefeild 1386 Morton Reg. ii no. 177
Seefelde 1440 RMS ii no. 230 [To John of Kirkcaldy half of the lands of Tyry and of Seefelde in the constabulary of Kinghorn.]
Seafeeld 1642 Gordon MS Fife
Seafeeldhill 1642 Gordon MS Fife
Seafield 1654 Blaeu (Gordon) Fife [further south than one would expect]
Seafieldhill 1654 Blaeu (Gordon) Fife
Seyfeilde 1456 Morton Reg. i app. no. 14 [part of earldom of Morton]
Seafield 1753 Roy sheet 17, 5 [also shows Seafield Castle]
Seafield Castle 1775 Ainslie/Fife
Seafield 1828 SGF

Sc sea + Sc field

‘Field, arable land by the sea’, possibly in contrast to another part of royal demesne lands in KGH, viz Woodfield, ‘arable land by a wood’. Although not adjacent to each other, they are linked in most early documents.

Robert I, probably in the 1320s, granted in feuferme two carucates of royal demesne land viz Seafield and Tyrie with *Drumdyvane, to William of Kinghorn clerk and burgess of Kinghorn (RMS i app. 1, no. 84). A carucate was roughly 104 Scots acres (about 135 imperial acres). Part of the annual rent which William had to pay was three chalders of good wheat grown on his land for the royal bakers. One chalder could be as much as 160 stone. This underlines the good arable nature of these two estates.

In 1369 the royal lands of Woodfield, Tyrie, Seafield and of the two Balbartons, with their mill, all in the constabulary of Kinghorn, were granted by David II to Sir James Douglas (RRS vi no. 425). This grant is repeated in 1472 by Robert II shortly after his accession (RMS i no. 415). Soon afterwards these became part of the regality of Dalkeith, and, later, of the earldom of Morton.

OS Pathf. also has Seafield Tower (an antiquity, from which NGR above is taken) and Seafield House.

This place-name appeared in printed volume 1