Nether Beath

Nether Beath # DFL S NT140896 1 130m

Nethir Beicht 1557 x 1585 RMS v no. 898 [one of the lands bordering *Beath-Bell or Mosside]
Nethir Baith 1563 RMS iv no. 1476
Baith-Persoun 1580 RMS iv no. 2959 [feued to John Durie by the commendator of Dunfermline Abbey]
Netherbaith alias Peirsons-Baith 1650 Retours (Fife) no. 790 [Robert Peirsone portioner]
Nether Beath 1753 Roy sheet 17, 5
Nether beth 1654 Blaeu (Gordon) Fife
Nether Beath 1775 Ainslie/Fife
Nether Beath 1828 SGF
Netherbeath 1856 OS 6 inch 1st edn. [beside Malcolm’s Beath which is ‘in ruins’]
Malcolm’s Beath 1959 OS 2.5 inch (sheet NT18)

Sc nether + en Beath

It was known also as *Beath-Pearson (1580 RMS iv no. 2959) or *Pearson’s Beath (1650 Retours (Fife) no. 790), and latterly as Malcolm’s Beath, named after the Malcolm family who came to hold it (Hunter 2002, 65). One John Pearson (Peyrson) appears as a tenant of Newlandis in an assise of the regality court of Dunfermline in 1535 (Dunf. Reg. Ct. Bk. 125). According to Dunf. Reg. Ct. Bk. Map I, Newlands lay immediately north-east of the burgh of Dunfermline.

Between 1959 and 1989 it disappeared entirely under opencast coal mining operations.

This place-name appeared in printed volume 1