Pusk LEU S NO439207 1 352 30m

    Pureswic 1207 St A. Lib. 86 [1 of 10 vills in LEU; see p. 482, above]
    Pureswjch’ 1240 St A. Lib. 164 [1 of vills owing ‘all garbal teinds’ (omnes decimas garbarum) in the parish of the church of Leuchars to St Andrews Priory]
    Prurske 1306 x 1329 RMS i app. 2 no. 488 A [16th c. index]
    (third of) Prurskis 1306 x 1329 RMS i app. 2 no. 488 B [17th c. index]
    third part of Purske 1390 x 1406 RMS i app. 2 no. 1734 B [17th c. index; Wemyss; see LEU Intro., Lordship and Baronies]
    Pursk 1473 RMS ii no. 1139
    Luchirspursk 1476 NAS C2/7 no. 334 [printed RMS ii no. 1245 Luchirs-Pursk; in barony of Leuchars-Wemyss]
    Pursk 1477 RMS ii no. 1302 [in barony of Leuchars-Wemyss]
    le Prusk 1497 RMS ii no. 2346 [Alexander Bruce of Birgham, lands of Earlshall and the Pusk (Erlishall et le Prusk) in barony of Leuchars]
    Pursk Narne 1516 Fife Ct. Bk. 25
    (Ale ander Narne of) Pursk 1516 Fife Ct. Bk. 45
    (a third of) Pursk 1540 RMS iii no. 2114 [LEU Intro., Lordship and Baronies]
    Pursk c.1560 s Assumption, 13
    (a third of) Pursk 1567 Retours (Fife) no. 63 [Leuchars-Ramsay]
    Pursk 1596 Retours (Fife) no. 1525 [David Nairn of St Fort, ‘2 thirds of a third part’ (bina parte tertiae partis) of the lands of Pusk]
    Pursk 1601 Retours (Fife) no. 108 [Bruce of Earlshall LEU, part of lands and toun of Pusk, and a toft commonly called Lampland, barony of Leuchars-Forbes]
    Pursk 1610 Retours (Fife) no. 218 [Robert Forbes of Rires]
    Pursk 1622 RMS viii no. 370 [Andrew Bruce, one ninth of Pusk]
    Pusk 1629 RMS viii no. 1444
    tertiam partem de Pusk 1637 RMS ix no. 704 [David earl of Southesk]
    Pursk 1654 Blaeu (Pont) East Fife
    Pursk 1658 Retours (Fife) no. 882 [teinds to James earl of Southesk]
    Pursk 1665 Retours (Fife) no. 975
    Puskmilnetone 1685 Retours (Fife) no. 1248 [Janet, Joanna and Christiana Meldrum, daughters of James Meldrum of Bruckley (Brugh<l>ie) LEU, retoured in various Leuchars lands including Pusk Milton]
    Pusk 1686 Retours (Fife) no. 1273 [Robert Forbes of Rires, lands of Milton, Pusk and Balconie # (Balquhinzie) LEU]
    Pursk 1688 Retours (Fife) no. 1292 [Charles earl of Southesk]
    Pusk 1688 Retours (Fife) no. 1297
    Pusksmylnetoune 1694 Retours (Fife) no. 1359
    Pursk 1700 Retours (Fife) no. 1440 [James earl of Southesk]
    Busk 1775 Ainslie/Fife
    Pusk 1828 SGF
    Pusk 1855 OS 6 inch 1st edn

Sc * pur + OSc * wik

‘Farm specialising in the rearing of male lambs’? This follows Carole Hough’s well-argued proposal that the first element derives from OE pur ‘male lamb’ (Hough 2002), rather than from OE pur ‘bittern or snipe’ (cf Sc pirr ‘common tern’ CSD). The second element clearly derives from OE wīc ‘specialised farm’. For the wider context of this name, see LEU Intro., Early Scots Names.

    The Narne of Pursk Narne (1516) is proprietorial, referring to that part of Pusk held by the Nairn family.

    The only other occurrence of the generic *wik in Fife is in Heatherwick SLO (q.v., below; see also Elements Glossary, PNF 5).


This place-name appeared in printed volume 4