Macduff’s Cave

Macduff’s Cave ELI KCQ C NT468998 1 0m

McDuffs Cave 1775 Ainslie/Fife
McDuff’s Cave 1828 SGF
Macduff’s Cave 1855 OS 6 inch 1st edn

pn Macduff + SSE cave

This is one of a series of caves along this south-facing stretch of shore by Kincraig Point, which also includes Devil’s Craig and Hall Cave (OS 6 inch, 1855). Wood (1887, 10) accounts for the name thus: ‘according to legend and tradition, Macduff (11th century) concealed himself in the cave at Kincraig which bears his name. A substantial wall built across the recess of the cave is pointed out as having been built to shelter Macduff, but it is of much later date.’ This has clearly developed from the story, first told by Wyntoun (c.1420), of MacDuff sailing from Earlsferry in his flight to England to escape Macbeth, although Wyntoun’s account makes no mention of a cave (Chron. Wyntoun vol. 4, 284–7). NMRS records nothing of archaeological significance here.

This place-name appeared in printed volume 3