Inchgall KGH S NT245902 2
Inchgaw 1775 Ainslie/Fife [in Abbotshall parish]
Inchgall 1819 Sasines no. 12399 [the sunny half of North Pitteadie comprehending as part thereof the lands called Macgall or Inchgall, parish of Kinghorn]
Inchgall 1821 Sasines no. 167 [the sunny half of North Pitteadie comprehending the lands of Inchgall]
Inchgall 1822 Sasines no. 658 [the sunny half of North Pitteadie comprehending the lands called McGall or Inchgall + 3 other identical entries in 1824]
G innis + G gall
The name Inchgall survives as a field-name on Nether Pitteadie farm, and supplies the above NGR, as well as the pronunciation. It is a steep field running down to the Tiel Burn; on the other side (on the lands of Balwearie KXY, AAX, KDT) it is flat and liable to flooding, an archetypal ‘inch’.
I list it among the place-names in Fife containing G gall in Taylor 1995, 159, where I describe it as obsolete. It was not until 1997 that I discovered that the name had survived as a field-name.
The forms Macgall and Mcgall are best understood as a nineteenth century transcription error.
This place-name appeared in printed volume 1