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Origin of the name of Kinghorn
Posted by: Linda Martin Date: January 28, 2001 at 09:10:54
In Reply to: Kinghorn town, Scotland by Cecile Kinghorn of 360

Dear Cecile,
This is a story told by my great,great-
grandfather to his grandson Charles (Kinghorn). "A young man in the service
of the king, was given (by the king) a large
grant of land known as the Kingshorne. These lands were not far from Edinburgh and
were in the shape of a horn that jutted into
the waters. The king had a very powerful
rams horn and to those men who had performed
great services, he gave each one a chance to
blow the horn. Only one man was able and
he was given these lands and the name of
Kinghorne. The name was to have been given
to only one man, all those bearing the name
are his descendants." This may be mostly
legend, but likely there's a ring of truth
to the story. Also, a book called,"The
Scots Peerage", Vol VIII, p.291-315 has more
on the history of the name of Kinghorne.
Hope this is helpful to you. Sincerely,
Linda M
PS: I have been to Kinghorn, Scotland, which is just across the Firth of Forth
from Edinburgh. It is today pretty much a
"bedroom" community for people who work in
the city. It's a very quaint and tidy
little village. Haven't found any connection for our family with this town...
other than the name.


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