Buckthorns LAR S NO429033 1 374 45m SOF
Buckhorns 1781 Sasines no. 45 [see Strathairly LAR]
Buckhorns 1789 Sasines no. 2304
B<u>ckhorns 1799 RHP22853
farm of Buckhorns 1810 Sasines no. 8779
Buckhorns 1828 SGF
Buckthorns 1855 OS 6 inch 1st edn
? Sc bukhorn
‘A goat’s horn used for blowing’ (DOST). It is not at all obvious why a piece of land should acquire this name. The local folk-tale about Norrie the cow-herd, cursed for blowing his horn, is located at Balmain LAR, and so is unlikely to have any connection with this name. See Norrie’s Law LAR, below, for more details. By the time of the OS in the 1850s it had been re-interpreted as Buckthorns, as if referring to the thorn-bush of that name (with bright orange berries) found along parts of the Fife and Lothian coasts. All sources quoted by OS Name Book (two oral, two from maps) give Buckthorns (97, 38).
Buckthorns formed part of the lands of Strathairly.
This place-name appeared in printed volume 2