King Of The Moors
King of the Muirs 1735 NAS GD1/361/1, pp. 440-43 [Burgh Deed Registers of St Andrews]
King of the Muirs 1753 Roy sheet 18, 1
King of the Moors 1775 Ainslie/Fife
King of the Muirs 1783 Sasines no. 462 [‘part of Easter Radernie called King of the Muirs’]
King of the Moors 1827 Ainslie/East Fife
Sc king + Sc of + Sc the + Sc muir
A very similar name, King o’ Muirs (Kingsmoor 1783 Stobie), is found near Alloa CLA, to which is attached a place-name story involving James V, in his disguise as the Guidman of Ballengeich, and a tenant farmer named Donaldson. However, there is no known relationship between that name and the Fife one.
The NGR given is derived from Ainslie/East Fife. This appears to be at odds with the entry given above for 1783, in which King of the Muirs appears as ‘part of Easter Radernie’. Easter Radernie is c.2 kms north-east of the NGR given here. It would therefore seem that the 1783 form is a transcription error for Wester or Nether Radernie.
This place-name appeared in printed volume 3