Bruntshiels KCQ S NO436102 1 363 185m NEF

Iue de Brinsholles 1296 Inst. Pub. 144 [Ivo of Bruntshiels does homage to Edward I at Berwick along with others from the county of Fife]
(whole land of) Burneschelis c.1300 Fraser, Wemyss ii no. 6 [Michael Scott lord of Balwearie (Balwery) KDT states that his predecessors had heritably infeft Yvo of Bruntshiels and his predecessors in the whole land of Bruntshiels]
(Yvo of) Burneschelis c.1300 Fraser, Wemyss ii no. 6 [see preceding]
Burneschelis 1504 RMS ii no. 3427 [‘in the lordship of Strathmiglo’ (in dominio de Stramigloch); to John Scheves of Kilwhiss (Kilquhoise) CLS]
Burnschelis 1510 RMS ii no. 3427
William Schevas of Burneshelis 1519 Fife Ct. Bk. 160
Bruntschelis 1529 RMS iii no. 760 [William Scott; in barony of Strathmiglo]
Browncheillis 1545 x 1555 N. Ber. Chrs. p.xxiii [Scots; the teind sheaves of Bruntshiels and Balniel (Banneil) KCQ set to Alexander Hume of the Heugh (Hoym of the Hewch) by North Berwick nunnery]
Brownshells 1642 Gordon MS Fife [to the south is written: ‘Coale pitts heer’]
Brownshells 1654 Blaeu (Gordon) Fife
Bruntsheills 1695 Retours (Fife) no. 1370 [part of lands and barony of Elie]
Brunchill 1753 Roy sheet 18, 1
Brunshiel 1775 Ainslie/Fife
Burntsheils 1845 NSA ix, 279
Bruntshiels 1855 OS 6 inch 1st edn

? Sc burn or ? Sc broun + Sc sheil

‘Burn shielings’ or ‘Brown shielings’? If the first element is Sc burn ‘burn, stream’, it will refer to the fact that this northernmost stretch of land in KCQ is clearly defined by a burn on its southern march, since the settlement itself is on a hill and not on any water-course. At Bruntshiels itself (NO436102), NMRS notes agricultural settlement cropmark, and that stoneware from c.1600 was found there (DES 1991, 22).


This place-name appeared in printed volume 3