Devillie

Devillie # FAL F NO256094 1 40m

Diuelly Moss 1654 Bleau (Pont) East Fife [north of Newton of Falkland]
the Divilla 1788 Sasines no. 1856 [see Ravenshall FAL]
Big Devillie 1909 Falkland Cropping Book [field-name]
Little Devillie 1909 Falkland Cropping Book [field-name]

G do - + ? G baile or + ? G bail + – in

‘Bad farm or non-farm’ i.e. ‘place unsuitable for farming or difficult to farm’; a less likely derivation of the second element is from G bail (OIr bal, later bail), ‘luck, prosperity’, in modern G ‘thrift, economy’, with the locational suffix, so ‘place of no prosperity’. Both explanations relate to the poverty of the land. It contains the same elements as Devilla CUS and Dolly DFL (PNF 1).

    Two fields on the farm of Woodmill are called Big Devillie and Little Devillie (1909 Falkland Cropping Book).

This place-name appeared in printed volume 2