Beath-bell

Beath-bell * BEA DFL S NT156911 2 150m

Beicht-Bell 1557 x 1585 RMS v no. 898 [see BEA Introduction]
Baithbell 1626 Retours i (Fife) no. 382 [Baithbell alias Mossyde]
Beath Bell 1783 Sasines no. 505 [John Currie, ‘Beath Bell or Mosside’]

en Beath + pn Bell

Alias Moss-side. In 1557 *Beath-Bell is described as lying between Lochgelly ADN, Nether Beath DFL, Lochhead ATL (formerly BGY), Little Raith ADN and Stevensonsbeath (RMS v no. 898; for full details see BEA Introduction). In 1626 the lands of *Beath-Bell are given the alias or alternative name of Moss-side (Mossyd), and in documentary sources the names run in tandem until about 1800, after which Moss-side alone is used. However, on the various early maps of the area Moss-side alone is used from Gordon onwards (for details see under Moss-side BEA).

The surname Bell often appears in the burgh records of Dunfermline from 1489, when one Johne Bell is named as a sergeant (Dunf. Recs. {16} et passim).

More than 150 years earlier, in the early decades of the fourteenth century, one John Bel’ is named as a ‘man’ or unfree tenant of Dunfermline Abbey, born in Kinglassie (Dunf. Reg. no. 327; see PNF 5, Appendix 1).

This place-name appeared in printed volume 1