Abden KGH S NT271870 1
Abthania de Kinghorne c.1358 RMS i app. 2 no. 1277 A [16th c. index]
Abthane c.1358 RMS i app. 2 no. 1277 B [17th c. index; charter given by William bishop of St Andrews to Master Henry Stowpie of the lands of Abden in Kinghorn (Kinghorne); for details of recipient, who held the church of Kinghorn at this time, see Watt, Graduates, 526–7]
Abthania de Kyngorne 1358 ER i 564
(lordship of) Abden 1455 SRO NRA (Scot.) /0153/3 [Feu charter by James bishop of St Andrews in favour of Robert Peirsone, burgess of Kyngorne, of a croft of land on the east side of the lordship of Abden]
Abden SRO 1484 NRA (Scot.) /0153/6 [house or palace of Abden at Kinghorn (Kingorn)]
Wester Abden 1692 Retours (Fife) no. 1330 [holding and croft once called Kingsgate and now called Wester Abden in the burgh of Kinghorn (Kinghorne)]
Abden 1775 Ainslie/Fife
Abden Ho<ouse> 1828 SGF
Abden House 1856 OS 6 inch 1st edn. [also Abden Rocks]
‘Church land, abbey land’, earlier apdaine, which is OIr and MIr for ‘abbacy’. For a discussion of this word, and its various implications, see KGH Introduction above.
OS Pathf. has Abden Farm (not marked on OS 6 inch 1st edn.) to the north of the burgh, Abden Rocks (NT274868) on the shore near the parish kirk, and Abden Home (called ‘Kirkcaldy Combination Poor House’ on OS 6 inch 1st edn., and Linton Court on OS Explorer (2001). The NGR given above is of Abden House, shown simply as Abden on Ainslie/Fife (1775).
This place-name appeared in printed volume 1