Humbie, parish, aka Keith-Humbie

Grid reference

NT 448 645 (accurate position)

Six-figure easting & northing

344800 664500





Nearby places

Keith Marischall, parish, Humbie (0 miles)

Fala & Soutra, parish (2.32 miles)

Fala, former parish, Fala & Soutra (2.32 miles)

St Michael's Church, Saltoun (2.61 miles)

Saltoun, parish (2.61 miles)

Object Classification

Parish (extant in 1975)

Is linear feature?



NGR for the ruins of the former parish kirk, beside Keith Mariscall. A later kirk for this parish was built at NT461637.

Relationships with other parishes

Contains Keith Marischall, parish, Humbie

Parish TLA



East Lothian

Medieval diocese

St Andrews

Parish notes

Humbie parish (including Blegbie, Pogbie and Leaston) was a subdivision of the early royal shire or territory of Keith. The parish was known originally as Keith-Humbie. For more details see Cowan, 1967, 92. Keith is from a Cumbric word related to Modern Welsh coed, meaning ‘woodland’ (see Watson 1926, 381-2). Keith appears to have been a shire-sized unit which was split up in the early twelfth century. Keth was given to Dunfermline Abbey by Alexander I (Dunf. Reg. no.2). According to Cowan (1967, 92) the lands of Keith were subdivided in the reign of David I, the part belonging to Simon Fraser becoming known as Keith-Simon, later Keith-Humbie, while another part belonging to one Hervey became known as Keith-Hervey, later Keith-Marischal (Kethmarchal c.1250 St A. Lib. 30). During the twelfth century Keith-Humbie was the parish kirk of Keith. KEITH MARISCHALL XKS, Keith Marischall now part of Humbie HMB. See under Humbie HMB. Blackshiels + Westmains of Blackshiels were transferred from Humbie HMB to Fala and Soutra FSO, at the same time as being transferred to MLO, having been a detached part of ELO. (Shennan 1892, 308-9). See also FSO.