Cowbakie LEU S NO453250 1 15m

    uill<a> de Culbakin c.1200 x c.1200 x 1210 St A. Lib. 275 [see FGN Intro., Medieval Forgan, for more details; also ‘land of’; Culbakin four times]
    Kulbaky 1372 RMS i no. 447 [3rd of land of Cowbakie, Fordel and Strathburn (Kulbaky, Fordale et Straubren) LEU to Robert Stewart of Shanbothy CLA]
    Kulbakie 1390 x 1406 RMS i app. 2 no. 1734 B [17th c. index; to John Wemyss; see LEU Intro., Lordship and Baronies]
    Culbaky 1428 RMS ii no. 115 [David Stewart, knight, his (Stewart’s) barony of Rosyth, lands of Craigie and Garpit and a third part of Fordel LEU, Cowbakie and of Strathburn de Rossyth, terras de Cragy Gerpot, et tertiam partem terrarum de Fordale, Culbaky, et de Strabbrin), and other lands in Fife and Perthshire]
    Coulbaky 1478 RMS ii no. 1351 [see Longside CBE]
    ( 3 rd of the lands of) Colbaky 1492 RMS ii no. 2095 [to Michael Strathenry]
    Culbaky 1513 RMS ii no. 3840 [king to David Stewart the lands and barony of Rosyth, including a third of Fordel LEU, Cowbakie LEU and Strathburn LEU]
    Colbakye 1519 Fife Ct. Bk. 139
    Cowbaikye c.1560 s Assumption, 13
    Cowbaky 1567 Retours (Fife) no. 66 [Thomas Fostar (Forrester), son of George Fostar of Strathenry LSL, lands of Gibliston CBE and Cowbakie]
    Kowbakie 1622 RMS viii no. 370 [Andrew Bruce, 3rd of toun and lands of Cowbakie and Fordel]
    Culbackie 1654 Blaeu (Pont) East Fife
    Kobakey 1654 Blaeu (Gordon) Fife
    tertia parte villae et terrarum de Cubaikie 1665 Retours (Fife) no. 975 [Andrew Bruce of Earlshall, ‘3rd of toun and lands of Cowbakie’, in barony of Leuchars-Bruce; also, another 3rd of said lands of Cowbakie in barony of Craigie LEU]
    Cowbakie 1828 SGF
    Cowbakie 1855 OS 6 inch 1st edn
    Cowbakie 1873 Lease [Cowbakie and Vicarsford]
    Cowbakie 1891 Lease [Vicarsford or Cowbakie][274]
    Cowbakie 1896 OS 1 inch 2nd edn [on site of present-day Vicarsford]

G cùl + G bac + – in

‘(Place at) the back (G cùl) of the corner? G bac is ‘hindrance; bend in the ground’, Middle Irish bacc ‘angle, bend; corner, especially of a field, used as a shelter for horses or cattle’ (DIL). It is this last meaning which is probably involved here. The same element is found in Kemback FIF (PNF 2).

    Cowbakie is now called OS Pathf. Vicarsford (NO453250), which occupies the western part of the lands of Cowbakie. The name survives in OS Pathf. Cowbakie Hill. See also FGN Intro., Medieval Forgan.

    On OS 1 inch 2nd edition (1896) Cowbakie is on the site of present-day Vicarsford, while Vicarsford is beside the cemetery church, about 2 km. north-west of Cowbakie. The late nineteenth-century leases quoted above reflect some slight confusion of reference. The name survives in OS Pathf. Cowbakie Hill.


This place-name appeared in printed volume 4