Birnie Hill

Birnie Hill ~ CLS R NO282126 1 362 50m

    Park Hill 1855 OS 6 inch 1st edn
    Birnie Hill 1888 x 1914 OS 6 inch 1st revision

Sc birny + SSE hill

Sc birny is an adjective from Sc birn, ‘pasture on dry, heathy land’, which in turn may derive from Sc birn ‘the scorched stem of heather which remains after the smaller twigs are burnt’. This kind of high-quality pasture was widely used for pasturing newly weaned sheep (SND1). See also Birns CLS.

    Mr H. Munro, who had farmed Kinloch farm from 1933 and whom I interviewed in the 1990s, referred to the long ridge running down the west side of the road from Collessie to Giffordtown as ‘The Birnie Hill’. It seems to be a drumlin or esker. One of the Kinnear lairds of Kinloch broke through it to form the north drive to Kinloch House. According to the information board at Birnie Loch, which lies on the other (east) side of the above-mentioned road, this loch was created as a nature reserve from the restored workings of Kinloch Quarry, donated by Baird and Sons, in association with Pioneer Aggregates (UK) Ltd., and officially opened in June 1991. The name ‘Birnie Loch’ was chosen by Caron-Lyn Crawford of Ladybank Primary School.

    The ridge is shown as Park Hill on OS 6 inch 1st edn (1855), presumably referring to the park of Kinloch House 300 m away; it first appears as Birnie Hill on OS 6 inch 1st revision (1888 × 1914).

This place-name appeared in printed volume 4