Balstressie

Balstressie # SCO S NO3501 3

Balstressie 1614 RMS vii no. 1097 [in barony of Durie]
Balstressie 1656 RMS x no. 558
Balstressies 1662 Retours Fife no. 920 [John Gibson of Durie, lands of Balstressie]
Balstressie 1699 Retours (Fife) no. 1425 [John Gibson of Pentland MLO]

G baile + ? G sreath or + ? G strìoch + ? – in

While the first element is the common G word baile ‘farm’, and the ending probably derives from the loc. ending –in ‘place of’ or ‘place at’, again common in Fife place-names, the name appears too late (and disappears too early) in the record for any certain etymology to be given for the stress-element. However, the following may be considered: G strìoch ‘variegated, striped, brindled’; and G sreath ‘row, series’, the modern equivalent of OIr sreth. OIr sreth can also mean ‘act of strewing, spreading out’, so it might refer to some unusual feature regarding the lay-out of the settlement (perhaps in rows, perhaps spread out).

    It is not even known where this farm lay, and we cannot be sure it was in SCO. It always occurs in lists immediately following Myreside, which lay just within SCO south-west of Kennoway village (NO354018), and preceding Balcurvie, which lies less than a mile to the south-west, in MAI.

This place-name appeared in printed volume 2