Mayfield CER TVX S NO369132 1 362 30m NEF

Mayfield 1828 SGF
Mayfield 1832 Cupar Map
Mayfield 1856 OS 6 inch 1st edn

? SSE may + SSE field

This could refer to a field where may, i.e hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna), grows and flowers; or perhaps to a field associated with May festivities. Both these suggestions for this ambiguous name are made by Field in his study of English field-names (Field 1972 (1989), 135). A third possibility is that it was named to commemorate a woman called May (see Mayfield, Edinburgh in Harris 2002, 390-1).

    It existed as such in the late eighteenth century, since Major James Horsburgh, whose daughter Marjory married Henry Stark in 1791, retired there (Harley 2004, 6).

This place-name appeared in printed volume 2