Mitchelston KDT DSX S NT291946 1 80m

Michalstoune 1518 Fife Ct. Bk. 105
Michalstoune 1518 Fife Ct. Bk. 113
(half of) Michelstoun 1534 RMS iii no. 1368 [see DSX Introduction]
(a si th part of) Mechelstoun 1541 RMS iii no. 2483 [see DSX Introduction]
Blairmitchelstoun 1649 Retours (Fife) no. 784
Mitchelstoun 1654 Retours (Fife) no. 834
Michilstown 1775 Ainslie/Fife
Mitchelston 1828 SGF
Mitchelston 1956 OS 2.5 inch

pn Mitchel + Sc toun

Although I have found no direct connection between this toun and anyone of this surname, Mitchell was a common local name. For example one David Mitchell was a baillie of the burgh of Dysart in 1551 (Dysart, Maitland Club, 20). The earliest forms might suggest that the first element is Michael, but its subsequent development militates against this.

The name does not appear on the OS Pathf., as the farm has disappeared beneath an industrial estate, which, however, still bears its name and is shown as such on OS Explorer (2001).

The affix ‘Blair’ in the Retours entry of 1649 alludes to the close association between the lands of Blair DSX and Mitchelston, apparent already in 1534. Mitchelston is almost certainly a later division of the lands of Blair.


This place-name appeared in printed volume 1