Slate Brae

Slate Brae ABO R NT1988 1 394 135m

Slate Brae 1856 OS 6 inch 1st edn

Sc or SSE slate + Sc or SSE brae

While on maps it appears to refer to the slope between Bernard’s Smithy and Templehall ABO, given the usual meaning of brae in Fife as referring to a steep road, it may originally have been used of the rise in the so-called Back Road to Kirkcaldy east of the Bernard’s Smithy crossroads.

OS Name Book: ‘A portion of an enclosure slightly elevated a short distance east of Rosevale Cottage [on the Great North Road, north of Bernard’s Smithy], it receives this name from small flags or slates having been dug out of the earth here’ (134, 14).

This place-name appeared in printed volume 1