Inchdairnie KGL S NT245990 1 90m
apud Inchdrayn 1332 x 1350 NLS Adv. ms. 34.1.3a, fo.38v [printed Dunf. Reg. no. 329; mentioned twice; see KGL Introduction]
vill<a> de Inchederny 1448 Dunf. Reg. no. 424 (p. 308) [see Ardeny # KGL]
Inchdrany 1535 Dunf. Reg. Ct. Bk. 125 [Robertus Aton for Inchdrany]
Inshdarny 1642 Gordon MS Fife
Inche Darny 1654 Blaeu (Gordon) Fife
Inchdairny 1753 Roy sheet 17, 5
Inchdairnie 1775 Ainslie/Fife
Inchdarny 1785 Sasines no. 1073 [Roger Aytoun of Inchdarny]
Inchdairnie 1790s OSA, 498 [Major Aytoun of Inchdairnie]
Inchdairny 1828 SGF
G innis + G droigheann
‘Inch or haugh of thorn, thorny haugh’. The second element is either the noun droigheann (or draigheann) m., gen. droighne ‘bramble, thorn, blackthorn’; or the adjective droighneach (or draighneach) ‘thorny’. For the names of two inhabitants of Inchdairnie in the late thirteenth and early fourteenth century, one of whom, Gilchrist, had a G by-name (manntach ‘stammering, toothless’), see KGL Introduction.
The NGR given is that of Inchdairnie House, now demolished. It lay on land which sloped gently southwards to the Lochty Burn. The land flattens out around the burn, which is where the eponymous inch lay. The lands of Inchdairnie continued c.1 km the south of the Lochty Burn, to Inchdairnie Muir. This name has been preserved in OS Pathf. Inchdairniemuir Plantation (NT243973), which appears as such also on OS 6 inch 1st edn. (1856).
This place-name appeared in printed volume 1