Kinniny Braes

Kinniny Braes TOB CRX R NT0484 1 394

Kinniny Point 1775 Ainslie/Fife
Kinniny Point 1856 OS 6 inch 1st edn.
Kinniny Brae 1856 OS 6 inch 1st edn.

Kinniny would appear to be a G name, containing G ceann ‘head, end’. The lack of early forms make further speculation fruitless. It bears a superficial resemblance to Kinuny KGH, but early forms of that name (also no earlier than the eighteenth century) are problematical (q.v.).

It has been combined with Sc brae(s) ‘(steep) slope(s)’, applied to a long slope rising steeply just above the shore from 5 m to 30 m, and then becoming a gentler incline and rising to over 50 m. Within part of this feature is now the Royal Naval Armaments Depot (Crombie). Ainslie/Fife (1775) and OS 6 inch 1st edn. both have Kinniny Point on the shoreline to the south-east, at NGR NT047840 (where OS Pathf. shows Jetty and Crombie Pier).


This place-name appeared in printed volume 1