Northbarnis 1329 ER i, 103 [40 s. for the tenth penny of the contribution of the husbandmen of North Barns]
(lands of) Northbernis 1329 x 1371 RMS i app. 2 no. 994 A [16th c. index; to ?Ness Ramsay; in the constabulary of Crail]
the North Barnes 1329 x 1371 RMS i app. 2 no. 994 B [17th c. index; to ?Ness Ramsay, in the barony of Crail]
Kyngis Bernis 1517 Crail Chrs. no. 24 [lying on the south of Pitmilly (Petmulye) KBS]
the Kingis-bernis 1519 RMS iii no. 196 [20 merks annual rent to the Franciscans from the lands of ‘North Barns then called the Kingsbarns’ (North-Bernis tunc vocat. the Kingis-bernis); see also RMS iii no. 2964]
(lands of) Kingis-Bernis 1535 RMS iii no. 1504 [to Thomas Calwert a half and a sixteenth part of the lands of Kingsbarns]
the Kingis Barnes c.1560 s Assumption, 177 [parish of Crail, rent to Haddington Priory]
terrarum de Kingis-barnes 1594 RMS vi no. 100
Kingisbarns 1601 Retours (Fife) no. 91 [Ninian McMorane, an eighth part of the lands of Kingsbarns, with common pasture in the Kingsmuir (Kingismure)]
Kingisbarnis 1601 Retours (Fife) no. 105 [John Calwart, a thirty-second part of the lands of Kingsbarns, with common pasture]
Kingisbarnes 1603 Retours (Fife) no. 136 [Thomas Kay (Kaa), a thirty-second part ... with common pasture through the lands of Kippo to the muir called Kingsmuir (Kingismure)]
Kingisbarnis 1611 Retours (Fife) no. 1542 [Andrew Kay (Kaa), a sixth part, with common pasture, and free entry and exit with ‘his goods’ (bonis suis, perhaps referring to live-stock?) through the lands of Kippo to the muir called Kingsmuir]
Kingsbarns 1642 Gordon MS Fife [also Kingsbarns K<irk>]
Kings-Barns 1654 Blaeu (Gordon) Fife
Kings barns K<irk> 1654 Blaeu (Gordon) Fife
(parish of) Kingsbarns 1700 Retours (Fife) no. 1445 [‘Cookston, in the parish of Crail, now of Kingsbarns’ (Cookstoun infra parochiam de Craill nunc de Kingsbarns)]
Kingsbarns 1753 Roy sheet 19, 5
Kings Barns 1775 Ainslie/Fife
Sc king + Sc barn
‘King’s barns or store houses’. For more details see KBS Introduction above. The above NGR is of the parish kirk in the village of Kingsbarns. The Sc specific element north in the earliest forms (Northbernis etc.) was used to distinguish it from other royal barns in the medieval parish of Crail, such as Bernis, Estbernyns, Westbernys, for which see Barns CRA.
OS Pathf. also shows Kingsbarns Law, slightly rising ground to the north of Kingsbarns. OS Name Book states that Kingsbarns Law is a small house with a tower or beacon for guiding vessels at sea (64, 42). See also Barns Law KBS.
Kingsbarns Castle is shown on OS 6 inch 1st edn (1855) some 700 m to the north-east of Kingsbarns, at NO598126. It was scheduled as an ancient monument in 1998 as ‘the site of a medieval castle with concentric ditches, visible as a cropmark on vertical aerial photographs’ (Pastmap no. 7691).
/kɪŋz barnz/, also /kɪŋz bɔrnz/.
This place-name appeared in printed volume 3