East Barns * CRA S NO610069 2
(lands of) Estbernys 1370 RMS i no. 304 [one of the lands granted by David II to ‘our chapel of the blessed Monan’ (capella nostra Beati Monani)]
E. Barnes 1654 Blaeu (Pont) East Fife
Sc east + Sc barn
The NGR above is given on the supposition that East Barns is not named in relation to the burgh of Crail, unlike *West Barns and *North Barns (OS Pathf. Old Barns CRA and Kingsbarns KBS respectively), but rather to express the fact that it was the eastern part of the lands of (West) Barns. Blaeu (Pont) East Fife shows E. Barnes on the shore, between the burgh of Crail and W. Barnes. Blaeu may be referring to Cunningham’s Castle (q.v. above) which is the eastern settlement built by the Cunninghams of Barns, about 1 km east of Old Barns. This is very close to the site of Blaeu (Gordon) Fife Barns Panns (i.e. salt-pans), and some 200 m from OS Pathf. Pan Haven.
Note that the royal chapel of St Monan, to which David I granted the lands of East Barns in 1370 (RMS i no. 304), has a dedication shared by Kilminning CRA, to the east of the burgh, about 2.5 km north-east of East Barns.
This place-name appeared in printed volume 3