St Ford

St Ford KCQ S NO482012 1 374 20m

Sanford 1270 CDS v no. 27 [inquisition as to 2 whales stranded at St Ford, Jan. 1270, in the barony of Ardross (Ardros) ELI, KCQ on land belonging to John of Moray (de Moravia) and Alice his spouse]
Sanford 1304 CDS iv p.474 [6 ‘harpers’ (citharisti) paid for meeting Edward I of England ‘along the roads on the sands between Durie SCO and St Ford’, 6 March 1304 (per vias super sabulones inter Dovari et Sanford)]
Sandford 1304 CDS v no. 350 [Edward I at St Ford, 7 March 1304]
Sandford 1304 CDS v no. 363 [Edward I at St Ford, 9 April 1304]
Sandfurde 1489 RMS ii no. 1809 [to Stephen Duddingston of St Ford (Sandefurde), two thirds of the lands of St Ford and all the lands of Kilduncan KBS, one of the thirds having been his already, which he had resigned to the king, and the other third having been resigned, along with the lands of Kilduncan, by David Lindsay]
Davidem <Ara ? > de Sainctfuird 1491 NAS GD26/3/796 [17th c. copy (1649)]
Sandfurd 1495 RMS ii no. 2284 [Stephen Duddingston of St Ford (Sandfurd), acquires a further sixth part of the lands of St Ford]
Santfwird 1545 x 1555 N. Berwick Cart. p. xxiv
Sandfuird Duddingston c.1560 s Purves 153 [£3]
Sandfuird 1615 RMS vii no. 1259 [the *Reidmire (lie Reidmyre) i.e. Kilconquhar Loch between the lands of St Ford and Kilconquhar (Kilconquhair)]
(Stephen Duddingston of) Sanctfuird 1618 Retours (Fife) no. 276
Samford Dudingstone 1653 Lamont’s Diary 61
Stanfurd 1654 Blaeu (Pont) East Fife
Sandfort 1654 Blaeu (Gordon) Fife
Samford 1658 Lamont’s Diary 106 [‘the Old Laird of Samford, surnamed Dudiston’ died at his dwelling house in ‘the Elly’ (Elie)]
Sainfoord 1684 Adair/East Fife
St Ford 1775 Ainslie/Fife [shown in KCQ]
St Ford 1828 SGF
Saint Ford 1870 Elie Disposition fo 54r
St Ford 1855 OS 6 inch 1st edn

Sc sand + Sc fuird

‘Sand ford’. The eponymous ford is at the mouth of the Cocklemill Burn, by St Ford links. Traces of an old causeway can still be seen in the bottom of the burn where the ford was. In spite of its eighteenth- to twentieth-century forms, the name has nothing to do with a saint, but is a reference to the sandy quality of the ground at the ford. It occasionally appears as *Sandford Duddingston to distinguish it from *Sandford Nairn (= OS Pathf. St Fort FGN, q.v.).

Note also ‘lands of Cocklemare [presumably Cocklemill] and part of the West Links of St Ford, and the lands called Brackings, being part of the Estate of St Ford ...’ 1820 Sasines no. 13,196.

/ˈsandfərd/ locally and, less frequently, /səntˈfɔrd/.[193]

This place-name appeared in printed volume 3