Craigforth ELI KCQ S NT478994 1 374 10m SOF

Craigforth 1888 x 1914 OS 6 inch 1st revision

? en Craigforth or Sc craig + en Forth

A much older Craigforth House (part of which was built in the seventeenth century) stands on the south side of the River Forth, some 3 km west of Stirling (NS774949). Craigforth ELI may represent a transfer of this existing name. Alternatively, it may be a new coining, without any deliberate echo of the existing Craigforth, meaning ‘rock on, or overlooking, the (Firth of) Forth’. I suspect the latter is more likely, and I have found no family or tenurial connection between Craigforth ELI and Craigforth House STL. It is not to be confused with Craig Heugh some 700 m to the north-west.

Craigforth ELI was one of two adjacent houses built in the 1880s to provide holiday accommodation, presumably for well-heeled folk, since the houses had walled gardens, stables and coach-houses. The other house was called Earl’s Neuk. An earlier house on this site or nearby was called Chapel Green House, referring to the remains of the chapel on this promontory of Chapel Ness.[157] There are no buildings shown here on OS 6 inch 1st edn (1855).

/kreg fɔrθ/

This place-name appeared in printed volume 3