Clephanton CBE S NO550050 1 374 30m

Clippington 1775 Ainslie/Fife
Clippington 1827 Ainslie/East Fife
Clephanton 1855 OS 6 inch 1st edn

pn Clephane + Sc toun

The Clephanes (earlier Clapanes or Claphams) held the barony of Carslogie by Cupar ‘for nearly seven centuries’ (Millar 1895 i, 136) and had interests in the lands and mill of Anstruther in the sixteenth century (see for example 1549 RMS iv no. 357). They take their name from the Yorkshire village of Clapham in the Pennines, between Settle and Ingleton (see Barrow 1980, 83). One Mark de Clapham (Marcho de Clapham) witnesses a charter of 1283 × 1285 anent lands in Tarvit by Cupar is the first of the family who can definitely be associated with Fife (Barrow 1974 no. 9). He is probably the same individual as Marchus de Clapham who rendered homage to Edward I at Arbroath in 1296 (Inst. Pub. 113), and the Mark de Clapham who is listed among the tenants of the bishop of St Andrews who did homage to Edward at Berwick in the same year (Inst. Pub. 147).

Clephanton may be the site referred to as Newhouse on Roy (1753) sheet 19, 5; although Newhouse may be in ANR.


This place-name appeared in printed volume 3