Glen Vale

Glen Vale ~ PTM/SLO R 6

    Glen-vealle 1654 Blaeu (Gordon) Fife
    Glenvale 1840 Leighton 1840 ii, 193 [see John Knox’s Pulpit SLO]
    Glen Vale 1856 OS 6 inch 1st edn

G gleann + G bealach

Although now a strange combination of Sc glen and SSE vale, it is in fact a reinterpretation of a name containing G gleann (a’) bhealaich ‘glen of (the) pass’ or ‘glen of Ballo’, Ballo itself (FAL) representing G bealach ‘pass’. Glenvale is the narrow entrance to the pass between West Lomond and the Bishop Hill.

This place-name appeared in printed volume 4