apud Schawesmylne 1623 RMS viii no. 623 [James Young at Shawsmill]
Shaues M<ill> 1654 Blaeu (Pont) West Fife
Skasmill 1654 Blaeu (Gordon) Fife
Shawsmills 1753 Roy sheet 17, 5
Shawsmill 1775 Ainslie/Fife
Shaws Mill 1828 SGF
Shaws Mill 1856 OS 6 inch 1st edn. [also showing corn kiln and mill]
Shaws Mill Bridge 1856 OS 6 inch 1st edn.
? pn Shaw + Sc miln
There is no one of the name Shaw in Fife Ct. Bk. According to Black the name has two distinct origins: one is territorial in origin, from a place called Shaw, and as a name is found mainly in south-west Scotland; the other is an adaptation into Sc of the G personal name Sitheach, found twice in a medieval west Fife context (Seth mac Lood in Dunf. Reg. no. 196, Sithauc’ in Dunf. Reg. no. 331).
In 1427 mention is made of a myllyn (‘mill’) on the lands of Pitconmark KDT, KXY (Fraser, Wemyss ii no. 40). It was the only mill for the Melville lands of Raith KXY which the feudal superior, the abbot of Dunfermline, would allow (Dunf. Reg. no. 477). This is the earliest reference to the mill which later became known as Shawsmill.
OS Pathf. also shows Shawsmill Farm on the north (ADN) side of the Gelly Burn, which appears as Shawsmill Pendicle on OS 6 inch (1856), Shawsmill Plantation to the east, and Shawsmill West Belts (another plantation) to the south-west.
This place-name appeared in printed volume 1