Maspie FAL W NO253082 1 50m
aqua de Mospy 1595 RMS vi no. 280 col. 1
aqua de Mospie 1600 RMS vi no. 1101
Mospy 1602 RMS vi no. 1349 [also Mospy-Den]
Maspy b<urne> 1654 Blaeu (Pont) East Fife
the water of Mospie 1654 Retours (Fife) no. 1591 [‘that pairt and portion of the lands of Falkland called Newlandis (Newlands # FAL), alsweill upon the east as west pairts of the water of Mospie’]
(lands of) Mossope 1660 RMS xi no. 4 [see discussion]
aqu<a> de Mospie 1668 Retours (Fife) no. 1040 [part of the lands of Falkland called Newlands on the eastern and western sides of the water of Maspie]
Maspy Burn 1757 Falkland Plan/1757
Maspie Den 1815 RHP489
? Sc moss + ? Sc peth
‘Path or steep road that leads to the moss’. DOST gives pey as one of the variant forms of peth. This loss of final th in Sc peth is more clearly seen in the second element of (The) Mournipea AMY (PNF 4), the name for the old road from Auchtermuchty to Abernethy which climbs steeply out of Auchtermuchty into the Ochils, and which first appears as Murnpat (1587 RMS v no. 1372). DOST also defines peth as ‘a) A cleft, re-entrant or ? water-course, running up and down the slope of a steep hill, and so offering a passage to its top. Passing into: b) A steep path or track leading to the top of a hill’. This well describes the upper reaches of the Maspie, which has cut a deep gorge into the Lomonds, known as (OS Pathf.) Maspie Den. Beyond (south of) the Maspie Den the burn is called (OS Pathf.) Coalpit Burn (q.v.), while near its source is Falkland Moss.
On OS Pathf. the burn is called Maspie Burn, although locally it is referred to simply as The Maspie. The above NGR is for the confluence of the Maspie Burn and the Arraty Burn due north of the palace, below which the burn is called (the) Falkland Burn (OS Pathf. 373). According to the boundary description of 1660 the lands of Mossope lay on the west side of the land of the ruined castle of Falkland called the Castlestead (lie Castlesteid) of Falkland (RMS xi no. 4). It is likely that this is an error for the burn (rather than the lands) of Maspie, as there is no other record of it appearing as a settlement-name, and the Maspie Burn does indeed form the western boundary of the Castlestead, referring as it does to the land in the immediate vicinity of the palace.
This place-name appeared in printed volume 2