Kingscairn Mill

Kingscairn Mill # CRA S NO534096 1 115m

Kingscarnmill 1642 Gordon MS Fife
Kings carn mill 1654 Blaeu (Gordon) Fife
Kingscairn Mill 1775 Ainslie/Fife
Kingscavin Mill 1790s OSA, 156 [corrected to Kingscairn mill by Rev. Andrew Bell in an appendix, OSA, 178]
Kingscairn Mill 1828 SGF [in ruins]
(site of) Kingscairn Mill 1855 OS 6 inch 1st edn

en Kingscairn + Sc miln

It is marked ‘in ruins’ on SGF (1828), where it is shown as lying on the Dunino Burn (which forms the boundary of CRA and DNO to the south-west from this point), on the west side of the road or track between Limelands DNO and Cairnscluse (Cellerhole) CRA. The mill may be at the site of the eponymous cairn itself.

An earlier record of the mill than those shown in the above early forms is in RMS vii no. 404 (1610): ‘the steading called the Kingscairn with 40 acres of arable ... and the mill built on it’ (lie steid nuncupat. the Kingis-cairne ... et molendinum super eadem edificatum).

Of the mill, OS Name Book 22, 22 indicates the following: ‘The site of a mill for grinding corn which stood on the south side of the Chesters Burn [OS Pathf. Dunino Burn], but of which no vestige now remains, the whole having been removed many years since by the farmer when reclaiming the land. The mill and a considerable portion of land which was attached to it belonged to the parish of Crail. I have marked the site as pointed out by the Rev Mr Burns of Denino, but the boundary of the grounds which was attached to it can not be traced.’

This place-name appeared in printed volume 3