Roscobie DFL S NT087929 1 384 225m

Rescobe 1328 Dunf. Reg. no. 370 [see Lassodie BEA, DFL]
Rescobe 1561 Dunf. Reg. p. 427
Rescobie c.1575 Dunf. Reg. p. 480 [Roscobie with the wether-run (sheep-run) of the same (‘Rescobie et lie wedder gang150 eiusdem’)]
Ruscoby 1654 Blaeu (Gordon) Fife
Moultray of Rescobie 1724 Geog. Coll. i, 302 [has his seat at Woodend BEA]
Rescobie Moss and Muir 1724 Geog. Coll. i, 302
Rescobie 1753 Roy sheet 17, 5
Rescolne 1775 Ainslie/Fife [presumably a misreading of a scribal bi as ln]
Roscobie 1793 Sasines no. 3418 [Craigencate, being part of Roscobie]
Roscobie 1801 Sasines no. 5792 [‘Roscobie comprehending Redcraigs & Bowlies or Bowhills, Craignacte (for Craigencat DFL) & Weddergroying and Teinds’]
Rosecobie 1828 SGF

G ros + G sgolb

‘Promontory or spur of land where thorns grow’. The ros would seem to refer to the conspicuous steeply rising outlier of the Cleish Hills now called (the) Roscobie Hills (OS Pathf.). The final syllable does not seem to be original, and may have developed by analogy with the better known Rescobie, a parish-name in Angus, which seems to contain the same elements (Roscolbyn 1250 × 1259 St A. Lib. 36), for which see Watson 1926, 497.


This place-name appeared in printed volume 1