Craig Mill

Craig Mill ABE S NO245178 1

    Cragmyll 1457 Lind. Lib. no. 2 (p. 7) [Lindores Abbey mill; the burgesses of Newburgh are thirled thereto; see NBH Intro.]
    Cregmylne 1475 x 80 Laing 1876, 410–18 [cited Lind. Cart. p. lxxxviii]
    the toft of Craigmylne c.1560 s Assumption, 32 [‘with the Segis’]
    Craig 1590 x 1599 Pont MS 54B [shown on west side of burn]
    Craigmylne 1600 RMS vi no. 1032 [see ABE Intro., Monastic Lands]
    lie Craigmylne 1617 RMS vii no. 1721 [‘the mill under the rock, the Craig Mill, with its croft’ (molendinum sub rupe lie Craigmylne, cum ejus crofta)]
    Cragmill c.1640 Gordon MS 54B
    lie Craigmylne 1646 RMS ix no. 1691 [Michael Balfour of Denmylne, ‘the mill under the rock’ (molendinum sub rupe) called the Craig Mill]
    Crag 1654 Blaeu (Pont) East Fife
    the myllne under the brae called The Craigmyllne 1657 Retours (Fife) no. 877 [Robert Balfour of Kinnaird, grandson of Michael Balfour of Denmylne]
    Craigmylne 1674 Retours (Fife) no. 1134 [Alexander Balfour of Kinnaird ABE, the mill ‘under the bank’ (sub ripa, probably in error for sub rupe, ‘under the crag’ as in 1646) called Craig Mill]
    Craig Mill 1753 Roy
    Craig Mill 1775 Ainslie/Fife
    Craig Mills 1828 SGF [two mills shown here]
    Craig Mill 1855 OS 6 inch 1st edn [‘flour’]

Sc craig + Sc miln

‘Mill at or beside a crag’. The crag in question is Clatchard or Clatchard Craig (see Clatchard ABE). This was the mill of Lindores Abbey, and is probably the ‘mill of the toun of Lindores’ (molendinum uille de Lundors), which Earl David granted to the monastery on its foundation, ‘with all its suit and multure, so that my men may do everything which belongs to the mill as they were wont to do in time when I held it in my hand. But if my mill is unable to grind, I may grind my own corn at their mill without multure [i.e. without having to pay a fee for the milling]. And if the monks’ mill is unable to grind, they may grind their own corn at my mill without multure’ (Lind. Cart. no. 2). In a charter issued by David’s successor as lord of Lindores, William of Brechin, in 1266, we learn that his mill is upstream from the abbey’s mill, again indicating that the former is Denmylne ABE, q.v., the latter is Craig Mill ABE (Lind. Cart. no. 114). For more on the relationship between these two mills, see Bonytoun # ABE.

    On Pont MS 54B, Craig is shown immediately below the symbol of a mill, and so no doubt stands for Craig Mill. On OS Pathf. it appears simply as ‘Mill’, which supplies the above NGR.

    It is not to be confused with Mill Craig NBH, q.v. below.

This place-name appeared in printed volume 4