Chancefield FAL S NO233080 1 373 90m
Chancefield 1828 SGF
Chance field 1830 Falkland Plan/1830
Chancefield 1856 OS 6 inch 1st edn
SSE chance + SSE field
‘Happy or fortunate field’, probably. There is no sign of this house on Falkland Plan/1821. Both the house and, probably, the name are the result of the large-scale changes on Nuthill and Falkland Estate undertaken by the Bruces in the 1820s. It forms a foursome with Annfield, Summerfield and Westfield, all created on the estate in the same period.
Given its proximity to the conspicuous Trenches (for which see FAL Introduction), it is tempting to see in the first element of this name a derivative from German Schanze ‘defensive embankment’. If this is the case, then it was a sophisticated German-English pun, since there is no such word in French, English or Scots.
OS Name Book 27, 63 reports, ‘Here there is a kennel for Mr Bruce’s Dogs’.
OS Pathf. also shows Chancefield Wood.
This place-name appeared in printed volume 2