Spittalfield IKG S NT134826 2

terra hospitalis 1211 Dunf. Reg. no. 250 [iuxta (Inverkeithing) quamdam terram que terra hospitalis vocatur (‘next to Inverkeithing, certain land which is called hospital land’), papal confirmation to Dunfermline Abbey]
terra hospitalis ju ta Inuerkethyne c.1400 Dunf. Reg. no. 397 [described as lying to the east of the said town]
Spittalefeld 1477 Dunf. Reg. no. 478 [described as lying by the burgh of Inverkeithing]
Spittelfeild 1594 RMS vi no. 75 [prope burgum de Inverkething (beside the burgh of Inverkeithing)]
Spittelfield 1753 Roy sheet 17, 5
Spit ... field 1775 Ainslie/Fife
Spittlefield 1828 SGF

Sc spittal + Sc field

‘Field or arable land belonging to a hospital’. This first appears with both elements translated into Latin (‘terra hospitalis’), lying next to Inverkeithing (1211 Dunf. Reg. no. 250). It is correctly described c.1400 as lying to the east of the town (Dunf. Reg. no. 397). It is not clear if the hospital in question actually lay on on this land, though it may have done so. However, a well on the lands bore the name Spittar Well (for *Spittal Well) which might suggest that the hospital was close by (Stephen 1921, 308–9). The NGR given is inferred from SGF (1828).[159] The name survives in the Inverkeithing street-names Spittalfield Road and Spittalfield Crescent.


This place-name appeared in printed volume 1