Seggie LEU S NO444190 1 363 25m

    Segghin 1207 St A. Lib. 86 [1 of vills owing teinds of wheat to Leuchars kirk]
    in territorio de Seggin x 1228 St A. Lib. 275 [Duncan de Lascelles (de Lasceles) [299] gives to St Andrews Priory 2 acres of land ‘in the territory of Seggie beside the bridge of Motray towards the west’ (iuxta pontem de Modrit uersus occidentem); an inspeximus of this charter exists as St A. Lib. 340–1, issued by Duncan’s great-nephew Alexander of Moray (de Moravia) in 1260]
    (Walter junior of) Seggin x 1228 St A. Lib. 275 [w.]
    Segin 1228 CDS v no. 8 [13 merks from lands of Seggie due to Ralph Nevill, bishop of Chichester, owed to him because he has custody of lands of heir of Duncan de Lascelles, the money to be paid to Brother Arnulf, preceptor (of the Hospitallers) of Scotland]
    Segyn 1240 St A. Lib. 164 [1 of vills owing garbal teinds to Leuchars kirk]
    vna acra terre apud Segyn’ 1281 St Lib. 341 [rubric]
    in territorio de Segyn 1281 St A. Lib. 341
    iu ta ortum suum de Segyn 1281 St A. Lib. 341 [‘next to his (Duncan de Lascelles) garden of Seggie’]
    Segy 1418 x 1440 s Scotichron. Bk. 6, ch. 57 (vol. 3, p. 436) [one of Prior James Haldenston’s dwelling-places; see Balone SSL PNF 3 for more details]
    <h>orreum de Segy 1471 RMS iii no. 1039 [‘grange of Seggie’; one of the possessions of the Church of St Andrews]
    Sagy 1529 RMS iii no. 848 [in barony of Naughton BMO, q.v.]
    Segypark 1540 RMS iii no. 2114 [Leuchars-Ramsay]
    moram de Segy 1542 RMS iii no. 2540
    Sagy c.1560 s Assumption, 13
    Sagy 1563 Laing Chrs. no. 763 [in barony of Naughton BMO, q.v.]
    Segypark 1567 Retours (Fife) no. 63 [Leuchars-Ramsay]
    (David Meldrum of) Segy 1589 Retours (Fife) no. 72
    mor<a> de Segy 1604 Retours (Fife) no. 145 [see Dron LEU]
    Segy-mure 1578 RMS iv no. 2820 [access to commonty to Seggie Muir]
    Segy 1654 Blaeu (Pont) East Fife
    Segy 1654 Blaeu (Gordon) Fife
    muire of Sygie 1657 Retours (Fife) no. 866 [Helen and Elizabeth Scheves, heirs of John Scheves of Kemback, inter alia ‘ane sext part and auchtine part of the toune and lands of Drone and of the mylne, with comon pasture in the muire of Sygie and Coatmuire (*Cottmuir) callit Drones-mure’]
    (third of lands of) Seggy-park 1658 Retours (Fife) no. 882 [Leuchars-Ramsay]
    (teinds of) Segy 1658 Retours (Fife) no. 882
    Seggiemure 1661 Retours (Fife) no. 899
    (half lands of) Segy 1688 Retours (Fife) no. 1292 [Charles earl of Southesk, with salmon fishings on the water of Eden, ‘with Seggie’s own muir’ (cum propria mora de Segy)]
    tertia parte terrarum de Seg<y>park 1700 Retours (Fife) no. 1440 [or Seg<y>spark; printed Segspark; James earl of Southesk; a third]
    dimidietate terrarum de Segy 1700 Retours (Fife) no. 1440 [James earl of Southesk ‘in half lands of Seggie’ with salmon fishing in the Eden from Bruckley Den LEU to the Motray, with special privilege of fishing there with boats and nets; and ‘in Seggie’s own muir’ (propria mora de Segy)]
    Siggie 1775 Ainslie/Fife [also shows Siggie Hill and Siggie Cottown]
    Seggy 1794 RHP30465
    Seggie 1828 SGF [also shows Seggiehill]
    Seggie 1845 NSA ix, 226 [a distillery erected there]
    Seggie 1855 OS 6 inch 1st edn [also shows ‘Seggie Brick and Tile Works’ beside Guard Bridge and ‘Seggie Distillery’, where the paper mill now stands]

This is a difficult name to interpret. If it is Sc segg ‘sedge, rush’, then it represents a very early penetration of Older Scots into this area, earlier than seems to be the norm elsewhere in east Fife, and early enough for the name to have acquired the eastern Scottish Gaelic suffix –in. This alone might rule out a Germanic origin, were it not for the fact that the adjacent lands of Pusk LEU and Lucklaw LEU also show early Old English influence (see p. 483, above).

    No obvious Gaelic derivation suggests itself. Candidates might be seagal ‘rye’, séig ‘hawk’ (dim. séigéne) or seg (or sed) ‘deer’, which appears in DIL with and without the length-mark. The name would seem to share the same derivation as Seggie, Orwell KNR (Segey c.1346 RMS i app. 2 no. 1042; Segy 1505 RMS ii no. 2857). For Seggie Muir, see Lucklaw LEU and footnote.


This place-name appeared in printed volume 4