Cleikamscleuch # BMO S

    Klekcanyscleuch 1569 x 1572 RMS iv no. 2102 [see Battle Law BMO]
    Clekcaniscleuch 1598 RMS vi no. 702 [see Battle Law BMO]
    Clackmuyes Cleuch 1574 x 1603 Campbell 1899, 617
    Claikhamscleuche 1602 NAS C2/43 no. 184 [see Bottomcraig BMO]
    Clekkannyscleuche 1631 RMS viii no. 1723
    Clakiniscleuche 1634 RMS ix no. 47
    Eleckanescleuch 1653 RMS x no. 106 [for *Cleckanescleuch; see Battle Law]
    Cleikamscleuch 1899 Campbell 1899, 642

? + Sc cleugh

The second element is Sc cleugh (or cleuch, also clew), defined by CSD as ‘a gorge, ravine’, common in the Scottish Borders, but relatively rare in Fife. The first element is obscure, though a possibility is Sc cleckin ‘the act of hatching or giving birth’, hence ‘a brood, litter’ (either of animals or, as a derogatory expression, of human beings). It may also be a personal name, although there is no obvious candidate in Black 1946; or it may be a nick-name. It is probably not connected with Cleikimin (see PNF 5, Elements Glossary).

This place-name appeared in printed volume 4