Coul MAI S NO275034 1 373 120m EAF
(lands of) Coule 1458 RMS ii no. 629 [to Walter Ramsay of Arbikie (Arbeiky) ANG and Mariota Traile the lands of Coul]
Coule c.1560 s Purves 155 [?1]
terras et villam de Coull 1584 RMS v no. 705 [John Seton (Seyton) junior of Lathrisk KTT sells to John Duncanson and his wife, Janet Watson, the lands and toun of Coul]
Coull 1587 Assumption 16 [leased for 2 bolls bere, 10 bolls meal]
terras et villam de Coule 1597 RMS vi no. 621 [Ramsay of Arbikie (Orbeckye) ANG sells to John Seton (Seyton) and Margaret Ross the lands and toun of Coul, occupied by John Ninian and his tenants]
Coul 1856 OS 6 inch 1st edn
? G cùl or cùil
‘Back’ (in the sense of ‘place at the back’) or ‘corner, neuk’ (G cùil). The former is more likely: the latter tends in Fife to be used with a -t extension, and develop a short vowel e.g. Cults, Cult SLN. OS Pathf. also shows Coul Burn, Coulview, Coul Reservoir, Coul Mains and Coul Covert in the neighbourhood of Coul.
NMRS records a possible motte, suggested by aerial photography, at NO279029 (NO20SE 45).
This place-name appeared in printed volume 2