Ovenstone SCO S NO362053 2 190m

(David Balfour of) Evynstoune 1516 Fife Ct. Bk. 47
(David Balfour of) Ewinstoun 1531 RMS iii no. 1015 [footnote: one of an assise for land-valuation]
Ewinstoun 1555 RMS iv no. 1006
Unestoun 1560 RMS iv no. 1389
Wodstane 1579 RMS iv no. 2832
Euinstoun 1598 RMS vi no. 955
Uinstoun 1620 RMS vii no. 2151 [teinds of the vicarage of Scoonie ... the touns and lands of Easter Kilmux (Eister Kilmuckis), Colliston (Collistoune) SCO and Ovenstone; see Priestfield SCO]
Unstoun 1653 Retours (Fife) no. 805 [John Pitcairn, ‘in the lands of Unstoun within the parochin of Scony’]
Vinstoun 1654 Blaeu (Pont) East Fife
Ovenston 1654 Blaeu (Gordon) Fife
Ovenston 1795 RHP2580
Ovenston 1828 SGF
Ovenstone Plantation 1855 OS 6 inch 1st edn
Ovenstone Plantation 1956 OS 1:25,000 First Series (reprinted 1959)
Overstone Plantation 1981 OS Pathf. [sic]
Overstone Plantation 2001 OS Explorer [sic]

pn Eoghan + Sc toun

This personal name, anglicised as Ewan, is also found in Ovenstone CBE (PNF 3), where it is discussed in more detail. However, unlike its namesake 16 km further east, there is no historically attested figure who might be the eponym of Ovenstone SCO. From its first, and relatively late, appearance in the record Ovenstone SCO is held by a branch of the powerful Fife family, the Balfours.

    The location of Ovenstone itself was still remembered in the 1850s, though it is not marked on the OS 6 inch map of 1855. The OS Name Book says of Ovenstone Plantation ‘there was formerly some cottages at this place called Ovenstone, hence the name’ (19, 13). The name Ovenstone survives in OS Pathf. Overstone (sic) Plantation, an erroneous spelling repeated on OS Explorer (2001). The error arose after 1959, since it appears correctly as Ovenstone Plantation on OS 1:25,000 First Series (1956, reprinted 1959).


This place-name appeared in printed volume 2