Lumphinnans BGY S NT174934 1 384 125m

Lumfilan 1242 Pitfirrane Writs no. 1 [with Lophenans written on the back, undated] + ‘Printed in Miscellany of the Scottish History Society, vol. iv, p. 317.’ (footnote in Pitfirrane Writs).
Lumphenen 1393 Pitfirrane Writs no. 8 [marches between Wester Cartmore and Lumphinnans]
Lumphenane 1415 Pitfirrane Writs no. 12
(David Hacket of) Lu<m>fennen 1437 Dunf. Reg. no. 406
<L>umfulan 1468 Pitfirrane Writs no. 38
Lumfillans 1496 Pitfirrane Writs no. 43
Lumphinnanis 1501 Pitfirrane Writs no. 44
Lumfannans 1501 Pitfirrane Writs no. 48
Lonphilone 1540 Knights of St John, 27 [Rental: 2s.]
South Lumfinnens 1616 RMS vii no. 1405 [part of the lands of Wester Lochoreshire; see BGY Introduction]
North Lumfinnens 1616 RMS vii no. 1405 [part of the lands of Wester Lochoreshire; see BGY Introduction]
Lumphannane Souther et Nather 1642 Retours (Fife) no. 619
Lumfinnans 1654 Blaeu (Gordon) Fife [two dots on the map under this name refer to two settlements]
Souther Lumphennanes 1656 RMS x no. 556
Norther Lumphennanes 1656 RMS x no. 556
South Lathinnins 1775 Ainslie/Fife
North Lathinnins 1775 Ainslie/Fife
South Lumphinnans 1828 SGF
North Lumphinnans 1828 SGF

G lann + pn Finan or Fillan

‘Church of St Finan or St Fillan’. The phonological phenomenon of assimilation and dissimilation has made it impossible to be sure which of the personal names is involved here, since the original sequence of consonants l-n f-X-n, where X = either l or n, means that X would have become unstable at a date earlier than the earliest attested forms. If I am right in ascribing a fourteenth-century date to the St Fillan dedication in Aberdour, then there is no particular reason to prefer one saint over the other on grounds of local patterns of saints’ cults.[63]

The Sc plural –(i)s ending, first appearing in 1496, and now part of the modern name, shows that the division of the lands of Lumphinnen into a northern and a southern part probably occurred in the later fifteenth century.

For more discussion of this name, see BGY Introduction. OS Pathf. shows Lumphinnans Farm (formerly South Lumphinnans, which gives above NGR) and Lumphinnans Piggery, as well as the former mining village of Lumphinnans.


This place-name appeared in printed volume 1