Raecruick SLO S NO257099 1 373 40m

    lie Bow Hous vocat. Raucruik 1580 x 1590 NAS C2/38 no. 255 [‘the bowhouse (cattle-house or vaccary) called Raecruick’; printed version RMS v no. 1788 has ‘le bouhous vocat. Raacruik’; see FAL Intro. (PNF 2) for more details]
    lie Raecreuk 1612 RMS vii no. 644 [the piece of land the Raecruik next to Easter Cash SLO, q.v. for more details]
    Re<>croake 1642 Gordon MS Fife [the third letter is illegible]
    Recrooke 1654 Blaeu (Gordon) Fife
    Raecrook 1654 Retours (Fife) ii no. 1591 [‘that piece of land with the lands of Easter Cash callit Raecrooofk lyand contingue’]
    Raecruik 1668 Retours Fife no. 1040 [to Viscount Stormont]
    Janet Bruce spouse to Thomas Wilson in Raecruuk FAL 1686 St A. Tests. 57
    Balcrook 1775 Ainslie/Fife [wrongly shown in FAL]
    Raecrook 1827 Ainslie/East Fife [wrongly shown in FAL]
    Raecrook 1828 SGF
    Raecruick 1856 OS 6 inch 1st edn

Sc wra + Sc cruik

‘Corner or sheltered place in the bend of a river’. The course of the River Eden was windy before its straightening in the modern period, and Ainslie/Fife (1775) shows a sharp bend in the river close to Raecruick (Balcrook). These bends do not appear on Ainslie/East Fife (1827) or SGF (1828) (see Taylor 2006, especially Figs 4 and 5 for details). In Ainslie/Fife’s form Balcrook a more familiar place-name element has been wrongly substituted for a less familiar one.

/reˈkruk/ or /re: kruk/

This place-name appeared in printed volume 4