Muircambus KCQ S NO470023 1 374 25m

Morcambus 1207 CPL i, 30 [belonging to the bishop of St Andrews]
de bracino de Morkambus 1220 x 1230 St A. Lib. 269 [dating approximate; John son of Michael the clerk (identified as John lord of Wemyss by Barrow 1974, 32) gives half a merk from the brewhouse of Muircambus with the land adjacent to it to St Andrews Priory]
Murecamboss 1452 x 1480 RMS ii no. 1444 [St Andrews Church land]
Mure-Camboss 1471 RMS ii no. 1039 [St Andrews Church land]
Murecambosse 1480 APS ii, 195
Merecammos 1520 Fife Ct. Bk. 169 [Inglis holds it of laird of Balmuto KGH]
(lands of) Murecammus 1526 RMS iii no. 403 [held of archbishop of St Andrews by David Boswell of Balmuto]
Muircambes 1545 x 1555 N. Berwick Cart. p. xdiii [‘set to the Ladye Kyncraige the teind chaiwis (sheaves) of Muircambes, for the sovme of vi lib. xiij s. iiij d.’]
Murcambus 1593 RMS v no. 2273 [St Andrews Church lands]
(vill and lands of) Murecambus 1629 Retours (Fife) no. 414 [and mill]
Over et Nether Murecambus 1643 RMS ix no. 1470
Muircamus 1642 Gordon MS Fife
Muircamus Mill 1642 Gordon MS Fife
? Kannes 1654 Blaeu (Pont) East Fife [and O<ver> Kannes]
Muir Camus 1654 Blaeu (Gordon) Fife
Muir-Camus mill 1654 Blaeu (Gordon) Fife
Muircambus mill 1753 Roy sheet 18, 1
Moorcamus Mill 1775 Ainslie/Fife
West Farm of Muircambus 1779 RHP3918 [belonging to Sir John Anstruther, Bart., possessed by James Beveridge]
Muircambus 1828 SGF
Muircambus Mill 1828 SGF [= OS Pathf. West Muircambus]
Muircambus 1855 OS 6 inch 1st edn
Muircambus Mill 1855 OS 6 inch 1st edn [= OS Pathf. West Muircambus]
Muirycambus 1870 Elie Disposition fo 45r. [‘All and Haill that part of the lands of Muirycambus called the West Farm or South Farm ...’; see West Muircambus KCQ, below]

G mòr or G muir + G camas

Either ‘big bay’ or, perhaps more likely, ‘sea bay’, with reference to Largo Bay, which it overlooks. The latter would correspond to Morcambe in Lancashire.[188]

Blaeu (Pont) East Fife shows Kannes and O. Kannes to the east of what seems to be the Cocklemill Burn, and these presumably represent the –cambus element of Muircambus.

The NGR given above is of the modern settlement (as on OS Pathf.) called Muircambus. But Gordon MS Fife (1642), and the Blaeu map based on it, show Muir Camus downstream of Muircamus Mill, almost at the point where the burn flows into the sea, at about NO460012. SGF (1828) shows nothing at this downstream site, however, and shows Muircambus where OS Pathf. shows it.


This place-name appeared in printed volume 3