Airbow

Airbow KBS CRA R NO594136 1 0m

Ardbo-nesse 1642 Gordon MS Fife [? = OS Pathf. Babbet Ness]
Ardbo-Ness 1654 Blaeu (Gordon) Fife [? = OS Pathf. Babbet Ness]
Ardbo 1684 Adair/East Fife
Airbowhill 1775 Ainslie/Fife
Airbo 1828 SGF
Airbo Point 1855 OS 6 inch 1st edn

? G àird or àrd + ? G

There is no doubt that the first element represents either Gaelic à(i)rd ‘headland, height’ + or àrd ‘high’. The second element appears to be Gaelic ‘cow’, so the whole name may represent G à(i)rd bò ‘headland of cows’.

The element sometimes combined with this name is unstable, ranging from Sc ness and hill to SSE point. This may have arisen from a change of referent of the name. On the Gordon map of Fife (both MS and printed version) the name Ardbo-Ness is applied to the main headland between the mouth of the Kenly and Cambo, today called Babbet Ness, some 500 m north of OS Pathf. Airbow Point.

This place-name appeared in printed volume 3