Forgan FGN PS NO446259 1 352 15m

    ecclesi<a> de Forgrund 1199 x 1202 St A. Lib. 260 [mother church of my estate (fundi) of Naughton, that is the church of Forgan, with chapel of Naughton adjacent to that church, and with a carucate of land adjacent to that same church; given to St Andrews Priory by Alan de Lascelles son of Alan de Lascelles [215] and of Juliana de Sumerville (Sumeruile), with the assent, wish and prompting of his wife Amabilla (see Newton FGN, discussion)]
    (chaplains of) Foregrund c.1200 x c.1200 x 1210 St A. Lib. 275 [Walter and Elias w.]
    (church of) Forgrund’ in Fyf 1209 x 1209 x 1212 St A. Lib. 107 [with chapel of Naughton]
    (church of) Forgrund 1230 x 1240 St A. Lib. 274 [date from Watt, Graduates 430; the road which goes from Friarton FGN to the church of Forgan]
    (Roger of) Forgrund 1230 x 1240 St A. Lib. 274 [Watt, Graduates 430]
    Forgrund in Fyf 1244 x 1266 St A. Lib. 108 [mother church of Naughton, that is of Forgan in Fife; see Naughton BMO]
    (church of) Forgrund in Fif 1248 St A. Lib. 103 [papal confirmation]
    (church of) Forgrund c.1250 St A. Lib. 34
    (church of) Forgrund in Fyff c.1250 St A. Lib. 37
    Forgrund in Fyf 1266 St A. Lib. 109 [mother church of Naughton, that is of Forgan in Fife; see Naughton BMO]
    (church of) Forgrund in Fyf 1267 St A. Lib. 310–11 [see Naughton BMO]
    Forgund in Fyf 1268 St A. Lib. 109–10 [mother church of Naughton, that is of Forgan in Fife; see Naughton BMO]
    ecclesiam de Forgrund in Fyf 1269 St A. Lib. 174 [with its chapel of Naughton; see Naughton BMO]
    vicarius de Forgrund 1275 Bagimond’s Roll 39
    vicarius de Forgrund in Fiff 1276 Bagimond’s Roll 60 [‘vicarage of’]
    (parish of) Forgrund in Fyf 1288 St A. Lib. 346 [land called Ryhinche in]
    Forgrund in Fyf 1293 NLS MS.15.1.18 no. 18 [summarised St A. Lib. xxxv; Bp William grants to St Andrews Priory ‘vicarages of Forgan in Gowrie and of Forgan in Fife’ (vicarie de Forgrund in Gouiryn et de Forgrund in Fyf)]
    Wautier vicaire de Forgrunt 1296 Inst. Pub. 145 [Walter vicar of Forgan does homage to Edward I along with others from the county of Fife]
    (parish church of) Forgrunde 1418 St A. Lib. 413 [in this list of churches confirmed by Pope Martin, Langforgrunde PER is also mentioned]
    parochi<a> de Forgrond 1437 St A. Cop. no. 74
    Forgund 1452 RMS ii no.1444
    (church of) Forgunde 1471 RMS ii no. 1039 [with its teinds and lands]
    Forgund kirk in Fyffe c.1560 s Assumption, 20 [namely Inverdovat 4 bolls wheat; Middle Newton FGN 2 bolls; St Fort Naughton (Sandfurd Nachtan) 2 bolls; St Fort Hay (Sandfurd Hay) 2 bolls. Total 10 bolls wheat]
    vicaria de Forgound c.1560 s Assumption, 75
    (vicarage of) Forgone c.1560 s Assumption, 75
    parochin of Sanct Fillan’ 1593 NAS CC20/4/2
    Forgon 1652 OSA, 381 [the spelling on communion cups made in 1652]
    minister of St Phillyns 1654 Lamont’s Diary 74
    Minister of Forgen beside Lewchars 1665 Lamont’s Diary 183
    in parochia de Forgan 1698 Retours (Fife) no. 1414 [see Kirkton FGN, 1698]
    Forgan Parish 1775 Ainslie/Fife [also Forgan Manse and Forgan Kirk]
    parish of Forgan or St Phillans 1782 Sasines no. 304
    Forgan alias St Phillans 1790s OSA, 381
    Morgan Parish 1827 Ainslie/East Fife [but Forgan Kirk]
    Forgan 1855 OS 6 inch 1st edn 2 [referring to parish; also thus on index map]
    St Fillans or Forgan Church 1855 OS 6 inch 1st edn 2 [‘(ruins of)’; antiquity]
    Forganby 1888 OS 1 inch 1st edn 49 [referring to the parish]
    Forganby 1896 OS 1 inch 2nd edn 49 [as preceding]
    Forgan 1907 OS 1 inch 3rd edn [referring to parish]

G for + G * gronn

‘Above or beside a bog’ (with preposition for) or ‘big bog’, perhaps ‘projecting bog’ (with intensifying prefix for), for more on which see PNF 5, Elements Glossary, s.v. It may well be a G adaptation of an earlier Pictish name. All interpretations are applicable to the situation of the parish kirk of St Fillan’s (now ruined) beside a long, thin stretch of bog which extends for over a kilometre and forms the boundary between FGN and LEU. This bog has also given rise to the settlement-names of Myreside, shown on OS 6 inch 1st edn map at NO438259, and probably of Melcrether (q.v.), the old name for Friarton FGN.

    The name had ousted the original parish name of Naughton by the late thirteenth century (see BMO and FGN Intros. for more details). It was often qualified by the addition of ‘in Fife’ to distinguish it from the other parish of the same name, now Longforgan PER, which was referred to as Forgan in Gowrie, as well as from Forgandenny PER, which was also often referred to simply as Forgan. W. J. Watson in his discussion of the name refers to a grant made by Malcolm IV of a carucate of land which is called Chingothe in the shire of Forgan (Forgrund) and identifies this with Forgan FIF (1926, 380). It refers in fact to Longforgan PER, and Chingothe is Kingoodie, in the parish of Longforgan (see RRS i no. 123).

    OS Pathf. also shows Forgan Smithy.


This place-name appeared in printed volume 4