The school is built on land originally owned by a farmer from Scotland who named it after his birthplace, Mossgiel Farm. The school took its name from the housing estate, Mossgiel Park, when the land was subdivided.
The great poet Robert Burns also farmed land in Scotland while he was making his great contribution to English Literature, and Mossgiel Farm is mentioned in this poem by William Wordsworth:
“There!” said a stripling, pointing with moot pride
Towards a low roof with green trees half concealed,
“Is Mossgiel farm, and that’s the very field
Where Burns plowed up the daisy”. Far and wide
A plain below stretched seaward, while, descried
Above sea-clouds, the peaks of Arran rose...
— William Wordsworth.