Linktown

Linktown KDT AAX, KXY S NT278907 1 385 10m EAF

Linktoun 1642 RMS ix no. 1511 [Abbotishall, Milntoun et Linktoun eiusdem (Abbotshall, Milton and Linktown of the same i.e of Abbotshall)]
in villa vocata Linktoun de Abbotishall 1647 RMS ix no. 1833 [right to hold a Thursday market in the town or estate called Linktown of Abbotshall (Linktoun de Abbotishall)]
Linktoune 1680 Retours (Fife) no. 1187 [terras de Milntoune alias vocatas Linktoune (the lands of *Milton otherwise called Linktown), as well as the burgh of barony of Linktown (Linktoune) next to the lands of Abbotshall (Abbotshall)]
(burgh of barony of) Linktoune 1680 Retours (Fife) no. 1187 [see preceding]
Links 1775 Ainslie/Fife
Links 1828 SGF
Linktown 1856 OS 6 inch 1st edn.

Sc link + Sc toun

‘Estate of grass-covered sand-dunes’. This was a division of the lands of Abbotshall, which had formerly belonged to Dunfermline Abbey. From an early date these lands had contained a mill toun, known as *Milton. Given Linktown’s relatively late appearance in the record, and its close association with the adjacent *Milton, we can assume that the former was a sub-division of the latter. Note that Blaeu (Gordon) Fife marks only Westmill here.

The Kirkcaldy Esplanade is the successor to the links. Their memory is preserved not only in the name Linktown, but also in the name of the Links Market, the famous fair or shows held annually along the Esplanade.

The NGR is taken from the centrally placed Free Church marked on the OS 6 inch (1856) map.

This place-name appeared in printed volume 1