Cantsdam BEA S NT147932 1 384 125m
Cants Dam Bridge 1753 Roy sheet 17, 5
Cants Dam 1828 SGF
Cantsdam 1856 OS 6 inch 1st edn. [also Cantsdam Bridge]
pn Cant + Sc dam
Cant is a common family name in Fife. This site is where the old Great North Road, the important overland route between Edinburgh and Inverness crossed the Netherton or Lochfitty Burn. According to Silver, work was done on Cantsdam Bridge in 1722 (1987, 21). OS Name Book (1853 × 1856 7, 44) says that Cantsdam is the name of ‘a few neat cottages feus [sic] off of Cocklaw Estate, occupiers mechanics and agricultural labourers’.
The dam was a mill-dam supplying Hole Miln, shown here in 1759 (RHP14330). OS Pathf. also shows Cantsdam Bridge.
This place-name appeared in printed volume 1