Jargo Myre

Jargo Myre # FAL V NO2807 3

Jergomyre 1551 RMS iv no. 597 [among lands of Wester Lathrisk. See Lathrisk KTT for context]
Jargomyre 1598 x 1599 RMS vi no. 895 [See Wester Lathrisk KTT for context]
Jargomyre 1630 RMS viii no. 1528
Jargo Moss or Myre 1810 Sasines no. 8600 [‘little piece of Jargo Moss or Myre near the village of Freuchie, being part of Millfield lands’ (see Millfield FAL)]

? + Sc moss or mire

The first element is probably an existing name, which might contain G dearg ‘red’, with a locational suffix, meaning ‘red place’. However, while the initial consonant of dearg is clearly palatal in modern Scottish Gaelic (to give a sound which Scots-speakers would write j), in Fife and Angus such palatalisation rarely survives the transition into Scots. The best example of this is Dargie, Invergowrie parish PER (just west of Dundee), which appears as Dargoch 1162 × 1164 (RRS i no. 251). It seems also to be the case with Kindargog # SSL. So if Jargo does indeed derive from G *deargach ‘red place’, it would indicate something either about palatalisation in the Gaelic of this part of northern Fife, or about an especially late survival of Gaelic in the area.[75]

    In favour of a derivation from G dearg is the name Redmyre, which occurs in 1788 in connection with names in the vicinity of Jargo Myre (Sasines no. 1856; see Peathill KTT, below).

    Given the lie of the land around Freuchie, the most likely place for this mire is to the north of the village around NO28 07, on land under 45 m which stretches from Orkie KTT on the east to Myreside FAL on the west, a distance of some 3 km. Although it was held by the laird of Wester Lathrisk KTT, it is included in FAL because in 1810 it was described as being part of Millfield lands (if this is the same Millfield as lies on the west side of the burgh of Falkland), and because Wester Lathrisk included Falkland lands, such as Darnoe FAL (q.v.).

This place-name appeared in printed volume 2