Inzievar

Inzievar TOB SLN S NT025878 1 394 80m SOF

terram de Ennevert 1318 RRS v no. 141 [15th c. copy of an inspection by Robert I of an inspection by Alexander II of a charter by Malcolm earl of Fife to Culross abbey; see note RRS v p. 419]
Enuerth c.1320 Culross Chrs. 74 [Earl Duncan’s charter to Culross abbey]
(John Blacader of) Inzefer 1546 Laing Chrs. no. 511
Wester Ingzewer 1561 Culross Chrs. 77
Inzevers 1561 Culross Chrs. 78
Unzeferis Estir & Westir 1540 x 1543 RMS iii no. 2869
Westir Unzevir 1543 RMS iii no. 2883 [Commendator of Culross abbey to Symon Ward the lands of Wester Inzievar vic. Fife]
Neddir Ingzever 1562 Assumption 290 [John Blackadder (Blackatter) pays £15 and 10 poultry for Easter Comrie CUS (Estir Cumrie) and Neddir Ingzevar]
Wester Ingzever 1562 Assumption 290 [David Ward pays £14 3s. 4d. and 29 poultry]
E. Inzevar 1587 Culross Chrs. 85
N. Ingefair 1642 Gordon MS Fife
O. Ingefair 1642 Gordon MS Fife
N. Ingefair 1654 Blaeu (Gordon) Fife
O. Ingfair 1654 Blaeu (Gordon) Fife
town and lands of Easter Inzevar 1663 RMS xi no. 406
Ingy Law 1753 Roy sheet 17, 6
Nether Inzivair 1775 Ainslie/Fife
Upper Inzivair 1775 Ainslie/Fife [= OS Pathf. Over Inzievar]
Easter Enzievar 1799 Sasines no. 5484
Wester Enzievar 1799 Sasines no. 5484
Easter Inzievar 1825 Sasines no. 2279 [Easter or Nether Inzievar]
Nether Inzievar 1825 Sasines no. 2279 [Easter or Nether Inzievar]
Wester Inzievar 1825 Sasines no. 2279 [Wester or Over Inzievar]
Dam of Inzievar 1825 Sasines no. 2279 [the Dam of Inzievar with Dam Dykes and Damheads belonging to the same]
Inzievair 1828 SGF
Upper Inzievair 1828 SGF [= OS Pathf. Over Inzievar]

? G eang + ?

The first element is probably G eang ‘nook, gusset, anything angular or triangular, (Watson 1926, 180); cf Enzie in Galloway.

OS Pathf. Old Inzievar House NT019877 is at or near Nether Inzivair on Ainslie/Fife (1775) and Inzievair SGF (1828), while OS Pathf. Inzievar (NT025880) is Anfield on Ainslie/Fife (1775), Annfield on Taylor and Skinner (1776) and Annfield on SGF (1828). Also on OS Pathf. are Over Inzievar (earlier Upper or Wester Inzievar) and Inzievar Wood.

In the 1825 Sasine listed above, ‘the lands and Estate of Annfield’ were declared to be ‘in all time coming to be called the lands and Estate of Oakly’, and these lands included Inzievar. For full details see Oakley CNK.

The pronunciation is now generally /ˈɪnzɪ var/ or /ˌɪnzɪˈvar/. However, the z originally represented ʒ (yogh), and it is reported that older local people are still heard to pronounce the name /ˈɪŋɪ var/ or /ˌɪŋɪˈvar/, and this is also reflected in the spelling of Ingfair in Blaeu (Gordon) Fife (1654), as well as in Roy’s Ingy Law and Ingy Law Dam (1753), presumably a mistake for *Ingyvar or the like.

This place-name appeared in printed volume 1