Wester Rossie

Wester Rossie CLS S NO250122 1 362 80m SOF

    (third of) Wester Rossy 1531 RMS iii no. 1050 [see Rossie above for details]
    Westir Rossy 1532 RMS iii no. 1107 [see Rossie above]
    Westir Rossy 1541 RMS iii no. 2355 [see Rossie above]
    Rosse Wester c.1560 s Assumption, 33
    solarem tertiam partem ville et terrarum de Westir Rossie 1593 RMS v no. 2340 [‘the sunny third of the toun and lands of Wester Rossie’; see discussion]
    Wester Rossie 1608 RMS vi no. 2025 [see Rossie above]
    W. Rossey ? Blaeu (Pont) East Fife
    W. Rosy Roy 1753
    W. Rossie 1775 Ainslie/Fife
    W. Rossie SGF 1828

Sc wester + en Rossie

Rossie was divided into two parts at least as early as 1412 (see Rossie above, and RMS i no. 937) when it had two vills or touns.

    In 1593 James VI granted the sunny third of the toun and lands of Wester Rossie CLS to John Bonar of Lumquhat in life-rent, and to his eldest son (also called John), which John and David Every (Avereis) had resigned (RMS v no. 2340). In this charter the marches of these lands (as well as of the Bog or Marsh of Rossie) are given as follows:[130]

viz begynnand at the west at the Myre-yett and Brig-endis of Westir Rossye, passand up the wester syde of the arabill landis to the West-den of Westir R., and passand throw the middis of the said West-den be ane strype to the Quhytefeild, to ane hie gait <high way> that cummis by the Mairis-land <Mairsland AMY> to Lumquhattis-mylne, est and north betuix the arabill landis of Lumquhattis-mylne and Wester R. be twa grene knowis to ane strype at Sanct-Thomas-land-endis [quhilk strype merches the land of Lumquhatt and Lumquhattis-mylne], and passand est the said strype quhill it cum to the merche-stanes betuix the arabill landis of Lumquhatt and Westir R., and passand downe and eist the merchestanes to Glencortas, and doun and south betuix the arrabill landis of Estir and Westir R., be merche-stanes to ane grenehill, and south to ane burne and strype that rynnis doun be eist the toun of Westir R. to the myre of Rossye, and passand downe the said burne and strype betuix the arabill landis of Estir R. and Westir R. to the said myre and ane draw dyk[131] thairat, and west the draw dyk betuix the myre of R. and medow of Westir R. to the foirsaid Myre-yett &c., cum communitate et privilegio lucrandi glebas, focalia, cespites et lie dovettis, et pasturandi animalia in merresio de Rossye,[132]  viz begynnand at the Myre-yett of Wester R. at the west pairt, passand downe be ane draw dyke to the burne and walter of Auchtermuchtie [quhilk draw dyke merchis the myre of R. on the west and the arrabill lands of Auchtermuchtie on the eist pairt the landis of A. callit the Cow-medow-landis], and fra the burne to the dykis of Kilchus <Kilwhiss> and Ellistand[133] burne of Rossye on the south syde of the said myre, and thairfra to the loch of Rossie on the eist pairt, and passand upe north be the loch of R. on the eist pairt quhill it cum to the medowis of the place of Rossye on the /col. 3/ north-eist pairt, and passand west be ane draw dyke betuix the medowis and arrabill landis of Estir R. and myre of R. quhill it cum to the draw dyk at the medowis of Westir R. on the north and the myre on the south, and passand west the draw dyk to the Myre-yett, et cum communitate etc in lie Quhitefeild (intra limites specificatos),[134] et ad lie Strobie-mure.

Wester Rossie lies 700 m south-west of Rossie, which is shown as E. Rossie on Ainslie/Fife (1775) and SGF (1828). Ainslie/East Fife (1828) shows W. Rossie wrongly at the site of Rossie, instead of E. Rossie, and shows nothing at the site of Wester Rossie. See Rossie above for further discussion.

This place-name appeared in printed volume 4