Balmblae

Balmblae FAL S NO251074 1 65m

Balbla 1451 ER v, 469
Baublay 1516 Fife Ct. Bk. 223
Ballinbla 1525 RMS iii no. 296 [to David Balfour of Burleigh (Burlie) KNR]
Ballinbla 1529 RMS iii no. 760 col. 3 [to Scott of Balwearie (Balwery) KDT, amongst other lands, Carspersell with 12 acres ‘in the territory of Falkland and Balmblae’ (in territorio de Falkland et Ballinbla)]
Ballinbla 1541 RMS iii no. 2461
dimidietatem terrarum de Ballinbla 1542 RMS iii no. 2750 [‘half of the lands of Balmblae’]
terram aratam de Ballinbla 1542 RMS iii no. 2750 [‘plough-land of Balmblae’; one of the marches of the sward or grassland of Balmblae; the other marches are those given in the MS version of RMS vi no. 1349, q.v. below (1602)]
Ballinblae 1580 x 1590 RMS v no. 1788 col. 3
Ballinbla 1602 Retours (Fife) no. 115 [Michael Balfour of Bandon (Bandone) MAI, half the lands of Balmblae ‘at the burgh of Falkland’ (apud burgum de Falkland)]
Ballinbla 1602 Retours (Fife) no. 121 [Michael Scott of Kintillo (Kintulloche) PER, lands with pasture for three cows within the bounds of the pasture of Balmblae]
dimidietatem terrarum de Ballinbla 1602 RMS vi no. 1349 [to David Murray of Gospetry (Gosperdie) SLO ‘half of the lands of Balmblae’ with ‘its loan (cattle-track) and its sward (grassland)’ (lie lone et terra lie Swaird ejusdem)][64]
aliam dimed<ietatum> de Ballinblaa 1602 RMS vi no. 1349 [to David Murray, as above, ‘the other half of Balmblae’, with common pasture and the manor place of Nuthill (Nwthill) FAL]
? Burne of Dunble 1654 Blaeu (Pont) East Fife
Balnable 1654 Blaeu (Gordon) Fife
Balinblae 1666 RMS xi no. 965 col. 1 [both halves of the lands of Balmblae]
Ballinblae 1668 Retours (Fife) no. 1040 [‘in the lands of Balmblae in both halves thereof, with the loaning and the grassland, within the mill yard of Falkland’ (terris de Ballinblae ambabusque earundem dimidietatibus, cum lie Lonning et Sward earth, infra hortum molendini de Falkland)]
Balinblea 1779 Balinblea Plan/1779
Ballinblae 1790s OSA, 356 [with a population of 193]
Balmblae 1856 OS 6 inch 1st edn

G baile + G an + ? G * blà

‘Farm of the boundary marker or green lawn, level field’? The element blá (also blái) does not seem to have survived in modern Gaelic, but is a common word in early Irish texts, for which see DIL. For a discussion of this element with the meaning ‘boundary marker’, see Kelly 1997, 409. Whatever its exact meaning, it occurs also in Pitblae, Fraserburgh ABD (Pettinbla 1502 TA), and Pitblae, Abernethy PER (Petblay 1389 Fraser, Douglas iii no. 42; Pitbla 1512 RSS i no. 2362).

    I have formerly suggested that the specific derives from G blàth ‘blossom, bloom’, which seems also to have meant ‘meal, flour’, as does its cognate Welsh blawd ‘meal’ (Taylor 1995 s.n.). What makes this explanation much less likely than the one proposed here is that the final dental of blàth ought to have survived (on analogy with Pitbladdo CUP, which does contain the ‘meal’ word).

    Balmblae would originally have been a separate estate on the north bank of the Maspie Burn, lying to the west of the chief place or caput of Falkland. However, it later became incorporated into the burgh of Falkland, and it survives now only as a street name and in Balmblae Cottage west of Falkland Palace.

    Although probably not connected, there is a field called Blambly Park on the lands of Bowhouse KGL, whose north march is the Lochty Burn (1825 RHP23590); while on Forthar KTT at NO303056 there is field called Blamblae Park (1755 RHP23503).

    /ba:m ble:/ or /ˈbaləm ble:/ or /ˌbaləmˈble:/

This place-name appeared in printed volume 2