Bowhouse # BGY S NT1696 2
<lie> Bowhous de Inschegall 1616 RMS vii no. 1405 [‘lie Flokhous et Bowhous de Inschegall’; part of the lands of Wester Lochoreshire; see BGY Introduction]
Bowhous 1654 Blaeu (Gordon) Fife
Pows 1775 Ainslie/Fife
Bowhouse Sasines 1786 no. 1389 [‘Mains of Inchgall, Ballud and Bowhouse called Inchgall’]
‘Cattle farm, cattle station, vaccary’. The Ainslie spelling Pows shows that it was already a monosyllable in the eighteenth century, as found in other places of this name still in use (e.g. Bowhouse CLS, pronounced as rhyming with SSE ‘lose’).
Henderson 1990, under Bowhouse of Inchgall, says that it stood on the high ground east of Harran Wood, and that the house was still occupied at the end of the nineteenth century. He gives the earliest form as Bowhous 1585, but no source. This must be the Bowhouse Kildounie mentioned in 1811 (RHP1711), for which see under Kildownies BGY.
This place-name appeared in printed volume 1