Cowdenlaws WMS S NT306956 1 385 65m NEF
Coudon 1654 Blaeu (Pont) East Fife [Coudon and Laws shown as two adjacent farms]
Conlands 1654 Blaeu (Gordon) Fife [See discussion below]
Cowdencaves 1775 Ainslie/Fife
Cowden Law 1828 SGF
Cowdenlaws 1856 OS 6 inch 1st edn.
en Cowden + Sc law
‘Cowden hill(s)’. Cowden itself probably derives from G calltainn ‘hazel tree’. It is probably also the first element in Coldene dene (for *Cowden Den) mentioned as a boundary marker in 1512 between the lands of Dysart and Wemyss (Fraser, Wemyss ii no. 88, for the full text of which see WMS Introduction).
Gordon MS Fife and Blaeu (Gordon) Fife show a place called Conlands roughly where Cowdenlaws is. This may represent *Coulands, with common confusion of n for u. This in turn may represent *Coudens or similar. However, such a train of errors is unusual on Gordon MS Fife.
This place-name appeared in printed volume 1