Buddo Rock

Buddo Rock SSL R NO563150 1 363

Mount Budda Rock 1775 Ainslie/Fife [referring to Buddo Rock]
Buddo 1790s OSA, 716 [‘another insulated rock, called Buddo’]
Mount Budda rock 1827 Ainslie/East Fife
Buddo Rock 1828 SGF
Buddo Ness 1855 OS 6 inch 1st edn
Buddo Rock 1855 OS 6 inch 1st edn

This unusual name would appear to have applied originally to Buddo Rock, a remarkable lump of sandstone between the cliffs and the shore about 20 m in length, and rising sheer all round to a height of about 15 m. It has given its name to OS Pathf. Buddo Ness to the west (NO557154).

Buddo is a local surname, first recorded in 1568 (Thomas Buddo St A. Kirk Sess. 303). A Thomas Buddo, perhaps the same person, is also recorded in St Andrews in c.1590, and there is an Effam Buddo in nearby Brownhills (Brounhills) SSL (Black 1946, 112, quoting St A. Tests). Black goes on to conclude that the ‘name is of local origin from Buddo (Ness) in the parish of St Andrews’. However, it may be that the place has been named after a member of this local family.

This place-name appeared in printed volume 3