Balhelvie FLK S NO308218 1 351 65m NWF
Balhelvy 1511 RMS ii no. 3672 [to sir James Kincraigie (Kincragy) dean of Aberdeen the lands of Balhelvie and the lands called the Park of Balhelvie (le Park de Balhelvy) ‘and 7 acres or thereabouts called Henry’s Lands belonging of old to the guardianship of the said Park’ (et 7 acras vel eocirca nuncupat<as> Henrys-Landis ad custodiam dicte parce ab antiquo spectantes); in barony of Ballinbreich]
Balhelvy 1513 RSS i no. 2501 [‘... Balhelvy, the Park, Henris Land, the fysching upoun the Tay, the fery under Mugdrum ...’]
Balheluuy 1590 x 1599 Pont MS 54B
Balhelbie 1613 Retours (Fife) no. 1547 [probably a copying error for Balhelvie; John earl of Rothes]
Balhelvie 1642 Retours (Fife) no. 618 [John earl of Rothes]
Balheluie 1654 Blaeu (Pont) East Fife
Balhelvie 1682 Retours (Fife) no. 1205 [Margaret countess of Haddington]
Balhelvie 1775 Ainslie/Fife
Balhelvie 1828 SGF
Balhelvie 1855 OS 6 inch 1st edn
? G baile + ? pn Sealbhach; or transferred name?
‘Sealbhach’s farm’? This personal name appears, for example, as Sealbach in AU 701.8, and as Selbachu<s> in AU 712.5 and 714.2 (see also Watson 1926, 237). It derives from G sealbh (OIr selb etc.) ‘cattle; possession; good fortune’, while G sealbhach means both ‘fortunate’ and ‘prosperous’ (Dwelly), originally ‘rich in cattle’. Belhelvie ABD, a coastal parish and settlement north of Aberdeen, shares the same derivation (1926, 201), appearing in the record much earlier (ecclesiam de Balheluy 1157 Aberdeen Registrum i, 6). The Fife name may even be transferred from the more northerly Belhelvie, since the former appears relatively late in the record, and when it does it is in the hands of James Kincraigie, a dean of Aberdeen cathedral, of which Belhelvie ABD was a prebendal church (Cowan 1967, 16).
This place-name appeared in printed volume 4