Dysart

Dysart KDT DSX PS NT303929 1 385 20m SEF

in illa spelunca in Deserto c.1200 Macquarrie 1993, 140 [‘in that cave in Dysart’ or ‘in the hermitage or deserted place’ (in Life of St Serf)]
(church of) Disard 1220 Dunf. Reg. no. 111 [rubric]
Simon de Noisiaco rector de Disard 1220 Dunf. Reg. no. 111
(church of) Disard 1220 Dunf. Reg. no. 111
(church of) Disart 1220 Dunf. Reg. no. 111
(church of) Dysart 1220 Dunf. Reg. no. 225 [rubric]
(church and rector of) Disard’ 1220 Dunf. Reg. no. 225 [twice]
(church of) Disart 1220 Dunf. Reg. no. 112 [rubric]
(church of) Disart 1220 Dunf. Reg. no. 112
(church of) Dysard’ 1245 x 1255 Dunf. Reg. no. 313
(Henry de Graham rector of church of) Disert 1316 Dunf. Reg. no. 348
apud Dysart 1248 Lind. Cart. no. 137 [charter of Roger earl of Winchester issued there]
(parish church of) Ysert 1392 CPL Clement VII, 173
parochia de Dysart 1411 St A. Lib. 19 [Bogie (Bolgyne) in the parish of Dysart; see KDT Introduction above]
Disert 1451 APS ii p. 40 [‘All vther kynde of pennys strikyn be henry goldsmyth & be vther falss cunzeouris (coiners) outhir (either) in Inuerness disert or forfar ...’]
villa de Disart 1452 RMS ii no. 543
le West Havyn de Dysert 1464 RMS ii no. 780 [amongst the lands exchanged by the Hepburnes with the Bekirtouns for the lands of Luffnes (Lufnos) ELO (terras de Strathor (Strathore KDT, DSX) et le West Havyn de Dysert)]
Disert 1499 RSS i no. 382
ad specum sancti Seruani de Disert 1517 Fife Ct. Bk. 80 [‘then rent for Skeddoway KDT, DSX of 6 s. 8 d. Scots in pure alms to be paid annually at the cave of St Serfof Dysart to the chaplain who celebrates there’ (Reddendo inde annuatim ad specum sancti Seruani de Disert capellano inibi celebranti in pura elemosina sex solidos et octo denarios monete currentis Scocie)]198
(west end of town of) Dysart 1541 RMS iii no. 2483 [see DSX Introduction]
in burgo de Dysert 1611 Retours (Fife) no. 1541 [the Orchard (lie orcheard) in the burgh of Dysart]
Dysert 1654 Blaeu (Pont) West Fife
Dysert 1654 Blaeu (Gordon) Fife
Dysart 1753 Roy sheet 18, 1
Dysart Cole hills 1753 Roy sheet 18, 1
Dysart 1775 Ainslie/Fife

G dìseart

‘Place of hermitage or place of religious retreat’. This was an early borrowing into OIr of the Latin desertum, ‘desert, a deserted or solitary place’ (see Watson 1926, 256–7). This connotation was clearly understood by the writer of the Vita Sancti Servani, c.1200, who translates it into Latin as desertum. For its connections with St Serf, see KDT, DSX Introduction above. For a possible association of the place-name element dìseart with the Céli Dé (Culdee) movement of the eighth and ninth centuries in Ireland, see Flannigan 1982, 72.

OS Pathf. also has Little Dysart at NT291965. For Gordon’s Muir of Dysert, see next.

/ˈdaisərt/ or /ˈdaizərt/

This place-name appeared in printed volume 1