Rumdewan KTT S NO307077 1 373 40m

West and South Rumdowan 1787 Sasines no. 1637 [George Buist, ‘in parts of Holekettle including part of West and South Rumdowan’]
Rumduen 1856 OS 6 inch 1st edn

? G rann or ? ? ràth + ? G domhain or ? en Devon

‘Deep or low-lying share’ or ‘Devon’s share’? Devon KTT, some 3 km to the south-east, more certainly derives from domhain, and it may be this place-name which supplies the second element in Rumdewan, indicating a detached part of this upland estate in the low lands at the edge of the Howe of Fife. Alternatively the first element may from G ràth ‘fort’, followed by a word beginning with m (by analogy with Rumgally KMB, above, or Rummond SSL, PNF 3).

    OS Name Book states of these cottages that they were ‘named after the field in which they are erected’ (16, 31).

    The name survives in the settlement-name Rumdewan between the villages of Kettlebridge and Kingskettle, and in the Kettlebridge street-names Rumdewan Terrace and Rumdewan Crescent.


This place-name appeared in printed volume 2