(free barony of) Scottistarvett 1612 RMS vii no. 747 [King James VI grants to Master John Scott of Caiplie (Caiplie) KRY, director of his chancery ... the lands and barony of Tarvit (Tarvett), with fortalice, manor place, rabbit warren, mill, mill lands &c. in the parish of Ceres (Sires), which Alexander Inglis of Tarvit (Tarvatt) resigned in his favour; also the lands and barony of Caiplie (Caiplie), which the said John has personally resigned and all of which the king grants de novo to the said John, with privilege of commons and common pasture etc. in the muirs of Kingsmuir (Kingismure) CRA and Crail Muir (Carraillmure); and he incorporates all these in the free barony of Scotstarvit, ordaining the manor place of Tarvit (Tarvet) as the principal messuage]
Scottistarvett 1613 Retours (Fife) no. 1550 [John Arnott of Chapel (Chepillkettill) KTT, heir of Margaret Arnott ... 20 bolls of victuals from the mains lands of ‘*Inglistarvit now called Scotstarvit, with the mill and mill-lands, in the barony of Tarvit’ (Inglistarvett nunc Scottistarvett nuncupatis, cum molendino terrisque molendariis, in baronia de Tarvett)]
landis and baronye of Scottistarvet 1621 APS iv, 678 [NAS PA2/20, fos 88r-89v]
Inglis Tarvet now callit Scottis Tarvet 1621 APS iv, 678 [NAS PA2/20, fos 88r-89v]
the said place of Inglischtarvet now callit Scottistarvet 1621 APS iv, 678 [NAS PA2/20, fos 88r-89v]
Scottishtarvett 1642 Gordon MS Fife
Scottistarvatt 1650 Retours (Fife) no. 1584 [James Scott, son of James Scott of Scotstarvit; knight, ‘in the lands and barony of Tarvit , with its mill, in the parish of Ceres ...’ (in terris et baronia de Tarvatt, molendino hujusmodi, infra parochiam de Syres ...)]
Scottis taruett 1654 Blaeu (Pont) East Fife
Scots Tarvet 1654 Blaeu (Gordon) Fife
Scotstarvat 1684 Adair/East Fife
Scotstarvet Castle 1753 Roy sheet 18, 1
Scotts Tervot 1775 Ainslie/Fife [‘Dd. Scott Esqr.’]
Scot’s-Tervit 1790s OSA, 147 [‘or as some write it, Scotstarvet, the property from which Miss Scott takes her title’]
North Scotstarvit 1856 OS 6 inch 1st edn
Scotstarvit Tower 1856 OS 6 inch 1st edn
pn Scott + en Tarvit
Sir John Scott, director of the royal chancery, bought the lands in 1611 (RMS vii no. 588). The estate had long been held by a family called Inglis (deriving from Sc inglis ‘English’), and had been known as *Inglistarvit (q.v., above). Sir John, ‘intensely a Scot in character as in name’ clearly saw it as a priority to change the name of his newly acquired lands from Inglistarvit, and already by 1612 the barony is being referred to as ‘Scotstarvit’(RMS vii no. 747).
Sir John Scott had employed Timothy Pont to survey ‘all the counties and islands of Scotland’, and after Pont’s death between 1611 and 1615 (probably in 1614) Scott continued to assist Blaeu in preparing his maps for engraving and printing. On Blaeu (Pont) East Fife Scottis taruett is highlighted in bold, non-italic lettering, unlike all the other names on that map apart from Falkland, Crail and Dundee. This typographic emphasis of Scotstarvit is unlikely to have been a result of Pont’s manuscript map (no longer extant), which would have been long completed before Scott’s acquisition of Tarvit in 1611. It is much more likely that Scott had suggested it to Blaeu during their correspondence in the 1630s, or when he visited Blaeu in Amsterdam in 1645.
The above NGR is that of the fine, well-preserved tower, much of which dates from the early sixteenth century, with an addition by Sir John Scott in the 1620s (Gifford 1988, 409–10).
This place-name appeared in printed volume 2