Mailin WMS S NO354992 2
Melon 1775 Ainslie/Fife
Melton 1827 Ainslie/East Fife234
Mailin Plantation 1856 OS 6 inch 1st edn.
Sc mailing is ‘tenant farm’, or the rent paid for such. Ainslie’s rendition of names in mailing as melon can be seen in his Borredgemelon (Blairsgreen SLN) and Moormelon (Muirmealing) SLN. This name should not be confused with Sc miln, ‘mill’, even though The Mill occurs on SGF (1828) very close to this *Mailing, just across the parish boundary in MAI at about NT349989. According to OS Name Book 98, 56 Mailin Plantation consisted of ‘two small clumps of plantation chiefly composed of fir, oak and beech, the property of the Earl of Wemyss of Gosford House. The name is derived from a small farmstead which stood near it.’ The exact location of the farmstead can no longer be ascertained, so the NGR given is for the centre of the Plantation on the 1856 map. OS Name Book 95, 32 gives Muiredge Plantation as an alternative name for Mailin Plantation, Muiredge being some 600 m south of Mailin Plantation.
This place-name appeared in printed volume 1