Tents Muir

Tents Muir ~ LEU V NO490250 1 352 5m

    Berclays de Tyntis Mure 1455 x 1465 Chron. Pluscarden Bk. 2, ch. 10, p. 391 [two brothers, the Barclays of Tents Muir, fled to France after the murder of James I in 1437 and were executed by the duke of Brittany][300]
    Tentismuris 1476 RMS ii no. 1245 [part of barony of Leuchars-Wemyss]
    Tentismuris 1529 RMS iii no. 760 [‘Murtoun (Morton) in Tentismuris’]
    (barony of) Tentismuris 1539 RMS iii no. 2028 [see FPC Intro., Fishings]
    Tentismuir 1546 Dunf. Reg. no. 562 [rubric only]
    Tentismuris 1575 RMS iv no. 2529 [Dunfermline Abbey land, feued to Lord Glamis; Fetters LEU and Shanwell FPC, LEU alias Tents Muirs]
    Muretoun in Tentismuris 1579 Retours (Fife) no. 1456
    Tentsmure 1615 Retours (Fife) no. 251 [quarter of lands of Morton and]
    Tentis-Mwre 1625 Retours (Fife) no. 362 [‘Muirtoun de Tentis-Mwre’]
    Tents Muirs 1645 Gordon MS Fife [also Tentsmuirs shown as a settlement in the northern part of modern Tents Muirs]
    Tentismuires 1648 Retours (Fife) no. 759 [Patrick, earl of Kinghorn, lands of Fetters and Shanwell called Tents Muirs, with various named fishings]
    Tentismures 1652 Retours (Fife) no. 799 [John Erskine of Scotscraig FPC, lands of Fetters and Shanwell called Tents Muirs]
    Tents-Muirs 1654 Blaeu (Gordon) Fife [also Tent-Muirs settlement]
    alias vocata Tentmures 1666 Retours (Fife) no. 989 [5th of Fetters and Shanwell ‘otherwise called Tents Muir’, to Wm Stewart; Scotscraig FPC lands]
    Tents Moor 1775 Ainslie/Fife
    Sheughy-dyke or Tentsmuirs 1790s OSA, 602
    the Tents-moors 1790s OSA, 605 [abounding with rabbits; also sheep, and formerly smuggling (606)]
    Tents Moor 1828 SGF
    Tents Moor 1855 OS 6 inch 1st edn

Sc tent + Sc muir

‘Muir or rough grazing-land of the tents’. The Sc tent ‘tent, portable shelter’ is attested from the late fourteenth century (see DOST s.v.). The portable shelters will have been connected with transhumance activities on this large expanse of sandy pasture.

    The minister, Rev. Mr Kettle, writing in 1791 for the OSA, states that ‘Sheughy-dyke[301] or Tentsmuirs is a very large, flat part of the district on the east, about which many wonderful stories have been told, concerning the original inhabitants and the peculiarity of their manners. After the most laborious enquiry I find no reason to conclude, according to general report, that this part of the parish was peopled by the crews of a Danish fleet wrecked on the coast’ (602). This local tradition had resulted in the misinterpretation of tent as Dane. He endorses the tent ‘tent’ derivation of the name, saying that it refers to the tents lived in by the early shepherds, which could be seen by the inland inhabitants of the parish (OSA, 603).

    Tents Muir has been the subject of an in-depth environmental study, for which see Whittington 1996.

/ˈtɛntsmjur/ or /ˈtɛnsmjur/

This place-name appeared in printed volume 4