Coaltown Of Burnturk

Coaltown Of Burnturk KTT S NO326076 1 373 115m NWF

Coletown 1753 Roy sheet 18, 1
Coaltown 1775 Ainslie/Fife
Coalton 1790s OSA, 433
Coalton 1827 Ainslie/East Fife

en Coaltown + SSE of + en Burnturk

Coaltown itself is from Sc coal + Sc toun, indicating a settlement involved in coalmining. OSA (433) states that ‘in Barntark Muir ... coals have long been procured’, and describes Coalton as a village. However, the winning of coal here had practically ceased by 1836 (NSA ix, 106). There is much evidence for old coal workings in this area, both from place-names (such as Coalpitden KTT, q.v.), and from the remains of many open bell-pits or coal-pots throughout the woodland between Rameldry Den (part of which is called Coalpit Den) on the south and Coaltown of Burnturk on the north. SGF (1828) marks Burnturk Engine at or near this site, presumably part of the coal-mining activities.

    /ˈkoltən əv bʌrnˈtʌrk/

This place-name appeared in printed volume 2