Mugdrum NBH ANY FI S 1

    Mukedrum 1189 x 1195 RRS ii no. 339 [= Arb. Lib. i no. 34; part of the demesne of the abbot of Abernethy, of which the teinds are not granted to Arbroath but retained by the Culdees of Abernethy]
    (John Covintre of) Mukdrum 1493 RMS ii no. 2168
    (lands of) Mugdrum 1493 RMS ii no. 2168 [John of Covintre to pay a sum of money to Lindores Abbey for the lands of Mugdrum]
    ( 2 /3rds of lands of Mwkdrom 1503 RMS ii no. 2758 [to Wm Cavers (Caveris)]
    Mukdrum 1503 Lind. Cart. p. 298 [Henry abbot of Lindores to Wm Cavers (Caveris) ‘2/3rds’ (duplem sive binam partem) of lands of Mugdrum]
    (lands of) Mukdrum 1506 RMS ii no. 2985 [sheriffdom of Fife, in barony of Ballinbreich FLK]
    terras de Mugdrum 1511 RMS ii no. 3549 [to William Scott of Balwearie KDT ‘lands of Mugdrum’ along with their fishing, united to barony of Strathmiglo]
    Mugdrum 1529 RMS iii no. 760 [‘with the mill and fishing in the water of Tay’ (cum molendino et piscaria in aqua de Tay); part of the barony of Strathmiglo by annexation; see SLO Intro., The Scotts and Strathmiglo]
    the fery under Mugdrum 1513 RSS i no. 2501 col. 2
    Mugdrum 1548 RMS iv no. 200 [to William Scott of Balwearie, with the mill and fishing ‘in the water of Tay’ (in aqua de Tay)]
    Mukdrum 1590 RPC iv, 785
    Mukdrum 1590 x 1599 Pont MS 54B
    in terris de Mugdrome 1627 Retours (Fife) no. 383
    Mugdrum 1654 Blaeu (Pont) East Fife [not on Blaeu (Gordon) Fife]
    the house of Mugdrum 1722 Geog. Coll. i, 305 [owned by Richard Murray, merchant in Leith]
    Mugdrum 1775 Ainslie/Fife [‘Jn. Hay Esqr’; also Mugdrum Cross and Mugdrum Island]
    Cross of Mugdrum 1790s OSA, 669 [
    Mugdrum 1828 SGF [also shows New Mugdrum nearby to south-west]
    Mugdrum 1845 NSA ix, 68 [‘obviously a corruption of Magridin, the saint in whose honour it may have been erected’]
    Mugdrum 1855 OS 6 inch 1st edn

G muc + G druim

‘Pig-back’, i.e. ‘pig-ridge’, referring to the low ridge running west from the house, on which the Mugdrum Cross stands, a ninth- or tenth-century free-standing carved stone cross (NMRS NO21NW 78).

    A description of the lands of Abernethy allegedly given ‘to St Brigit’ by Nechtan, king of the Picts, appears in what is probably a ninth-century section of a Pictish king-list which survives in the fourteenth-century Poppleton Manuscript (Anderson 1980, 247). It tells the story of the foundation of the monastery of Abernethy and describes the lands granted as follows: ‘with its marches which are set from the stone in Aberargie as far as the stone beside Carpow, that is Lethfoss,[371] and from there up to the little ford (?)’.[372] This probably means that the River Farg formed the western limit, Aberargie being the north-western point on the bounds. The bounds then ran east to ‘the stone beside Carpow’, and this might very well refer to the Mugdrum Cross,[373] once a magnificent and conspicuous land-mark on the eponymous ridge (druim) of Mugdrum. Its much weathered but still impressive remains still stand in situ near the western boundary of Mugdrum’s lands, and probably indicated to those travelling along the coastal route towards Abernethy from the east that they were entering the core lands of the church of Abernethy, possible also with implications of girth or sanctuary.

/ˈmʌgdrʌm/ or /mʌg drʌm/

This place-name appeared in printed volume 4