Kinsleith CRC S NO332185 2 60m

    Kyndesleue 1315 Swinton 1905, 173
    le Kynslevis 1494 SAUL 37490 no. 11 [‘the Kinsleiths’]
    Ester et Wester Kynsleiffis 1540 RMS iii no. 2149 [barony of Collairnie DBG]
    Kynsleif Eister c.1560 s Assumption, 33
    Kynsleif Wester c.1560 s Assumption, 34
    the two Kynsleiff c.1560 s Purves 152 [in ‘Quarter of Edyn’]
    Kinslyfs 1590 x 1599 Pont MS 54B [not on Blaeu (Pont) East Fife]
    Killsliff 1654 Blaeu (Gordon) Fife
    E. Kinsleath 1775 Ainslie/Fife
    W. Kinsleath 1775 Ainslie/Fife
    Kinsleith 1828 SGF
    Easter Kinsleath 1855 OS 6 inch 1st edn
    Wester Kinsleath 1855 OS 6 inch 1st edn

G ceann + G sliabh

‘End of (the) sliabh’. The sliabh (‘hill, moor’) refers to the long ridge which rises from c.60 m (at Easter Kinsleith, at its east end) to over 180 m. Easter Kinsleith supplies the NGR, and, given its position below the eastern end of the ridge, was presumably a settlement at or near here which gave rise to the name. Wester Kinsleith, on the other hand, lies on the ridge itself, on its north side, at 120 m.

    The division of the lands into two parts had already happened by 1494, as the form recorded in that year, Kynslevis, exhibits the Sc plural ending –is.


This place-name appeared in printed volume 4