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List of names as written Various modes of spelling Authorities for spelling Situation Description remarks
PLAYFIELD Playfield
Playfield
Playfield
Playfield
Playfield
Mr. Ballingal
Mr. Nichols
Mr. Ingles
Mr. Gray
Old Stat. Acct. [Statistical Account]
024 [Situation] A short distance N. [North] of Markinch.
A Small level field believed by the Authorities quoted to have been used in the feudal times as a place for Tournaments and other Sports. It is Still well known by the name of Playfields.
TERRACES [Markinch Hill] Terraces
Terraces
Terraces
Terraces
Mr. Ballingal
Mr. Nichols
Mr. Ingles
Mr. Gray
024 [Situation] N. [North] of Markinch.
Artificial Terraces of earth work rising one above another like the Side of an Amphitheatre. On the NorthSide of a ridge shaped hill formerly known by the name of Markinch Hill, at present called Markinch Hill Plantation. The Authorities quoted believe that these Terraces were erected for the convenience of spectators to view the Sports carried on in the Playfield which they overlook.

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[Page] 21 Plan 24 A Markinch Parish

Note: "Markinch Hill is a beautiful object. It lies on the north side of the village.
On its North declivity there are 6 terraces of about 20 feet broad, and which
extend the whole length of the hill, winding round the east end of it. They
are evidently artificial; but nothing certain can be learned as to its original
use and design. Two reports prevail; the one is, that these terraces
were originally ditches intended to Strengthen an encampment, or Military
post on the top of the hill; but they have been levelled Since for the
purpose of Village. The other report is, that they were made to accommodate
Spectators, assembled to behold certain public games, performed
in the plain below, which plain is Called the Playfields to this day." Old Stat. Acct. [Statistical Account] See page 23 for further Quotations.

Note: I think from the appearance that this is by far the most Justifiable and reasonable conclusion, and I agree
in the belief of the authorities quoted. John Bayly Capt. R.E. [Captain Royal Engineers]

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