Barnden

Barnden # BMO S NO3423 2

    the Barden fishing 1566 Assumption, 58 [probably in error for Barnden; in Balmerino Abbey rental; ‘assignit to the conventis expensis’]
    Barrenden-fischeing 1581 RMS v no. 150 [to James Beaton of Creich CRC, a salmon-fishing, between the lands of Woodflat # BMO, Grange BMO, Corbie, the Flisk Wood (lie Flisk-wod) and the water of Tay]
    Barneden 1601 RMS vi no. 1267 [the eastern limit of the fishing of *Broomden (Brwmeden) and *Whitequarrelhope (Quhytquerralhoup)]
    silvam et piscariam de Barndene 1603 RMS vi no. 1411 [‘wood and fishing of Barnden’; in barony of Pitgorno SLO, incorporated into barony of Balmerino]
    Barnden fishing 1574 x 1603 NLS Adv. MS 31.3.14 fo 67r [‘the wood of Balmerino with the salmon fishing called Barnden fishing’]
    lie Burnden 1614 Retours (Fife) no. 1558 [in the fishings of *Broomden and *Whitequarrelhope, and in whatever other fishings between high and low tide mark, on River Tay, between Corbie Den on west and the Barnden on east]
    Fishings of Barnden 1617 Balm. Lib. app. XII (p. 79)
    Fishings of Barnden 1617 Balm. Lib. app. XII (p. 79) [Abbey Taxt Roll; 10 s.]
    lie Burneden 1634 NAS GD137/663 [western limit of the fishings of *Broomden and *Whitequarrelhope]
    Barnden 1676 NAS GD137/665

Sc barn + Sc den

‘Den or steep valley beside or associated with a barn’, referring to one of the several dens cutting through the steep hillside which falls directly down to the shore, somewhere between Corbie Den and Cuttle Den (perhaps even an earlier name for Cuttle Den). Another of these dens is called *Broom Den i.e. ‘den covered in broom’, for which see 1601 RMS vi no. 1267; and another is the *Lodge Den (lie Ludgeden) beside Birkhill BMO, mentioned in 1601 (RMS vi no. 1267). The *Lodge Den  must be either the den of the burn which flows close to the east side of Birkhill House and into the Tay at NO336236 or the den of the burn which flows on the west side of the house, entering the Tay at NO339238, which is called Hell Den on OS 1:10,000 (2007).

    Yet another of these short, deep valleys seems to be called *Whitequarrelhope, ‘white quarry valley’, with the element hope ‘valley’, much rarer in Fife than den (e.g. Quhytquerralhoup 1601 RMS vi no. 1267; see above for other early forms). The earliest occurrence of both *Broom Den (probably) and *Whitequarrelhope seems to be in 1566, when they are listed in the rental of Balmerino Abbey as follows: the fishings of Bromepark[69] and Quhytquarrellhoip set to Robert Forester paying 2 dozen salmon and 2 dozen grilse (grissis) (i.e. young salmon on their first return from the sea to fresh water) (Assumption, 58). Some of these names, while clearly referring to landward features, are recorded only as the names of fishing grounds. An example from the same coast, but east of Balmerino, is *Harvy Den, for which see Cathills # BMO, FGN, below.

    See also Campbell 1899, 642.

This place-name appeared in printed volume 4