Balyarrow CRC S NO332206 1
Balyarrow mire 1838 NSA ix, 634
Balyarrow 1838 NSA ix, 646 [place of curling; see discussion, below]
Balyarrow Curling Club 1838 NSA ix, 646 [see discussion, below]
Biara 1838 Abdie Curling Club Minute Book [dated 10 February 1838]
Balyeary Mire 1838 Abdie Curling Club Minute Book [‘they are ready to meet the Cupar Curling Club at Balyeary Mire ... or any other convenient place’]
Balyarrow Curling Pond 1888 x 1914 OS 6 inch 1st revision
Balyarrow Curling Pond 1900 x 1949 OS 6 inch 2nd revision
This name might contain the common place-name element Bal- from G baile ‘farm’; but it appears only as the name of a curling pond, and until an associated settlement can be located, along with earlier forms, it remains a puzzle.
In 1838 the minister writes ‘[t]he favourite amusement in this parish is curling. Many of the landed proprietors, almost the whole tenantry in the neighbourhood, and others of different professions, resort to the ice on Balyarrow, and enjoy this innocent, healthful and invigorating exercise. The Balyarrow Curling Club is said to be the oldest in the north of Fife’ (NSA ix, 646).
The above NGR is around the centre of the large pond and bog, shown but not named on OS Pathf., and called simply ‘Curling Pond’ on OS 6 inch 1st edn.
/bəlˈyaro/ or /balˈyaro/.
This place-name appeared in printed volume 4