Balbeuchly

Balbeuchly # LEU S NO458213 1 15m

?   Balloulyn 1279 x 1289 St A. Lib. 398 [for Balbulyn?; see discussion]
    (a third of) Balbuth 1477 RMS ii no. 1302 [or Balbuch; Leuchars-Wemyss]
    (a third of) Balbuthe 1477 RMS ii no. 1304 [or Balbuche; Leuchars-Wemyss]
?   Balmulty 1479 RMS ii no. 1245 [or Balmullo LEU, q.v.]
    terris de Balbuchlie 1509 RMS ii no. 3311 [manor and main mansion of the barony (of Leuchars), with ‘the lands Balbeuchly’]
    Balbeuchlie 1540 RMS iii no. 2114 [see LEU Intro. Lordship and Baronies]
    Balbuchy 1540 RMS iii no. 2116 [Balbeuchly, Broad-land # (Brodland) LEU and mills of Milton LEU; rent to Marjory Kirkcaldy, spouse of David Ramsay]
    Balbeuchlie 1566 x 1577 RMS iv no. 2691
    Balbeuchlie 1610 Retours (Fife) no. 218 [a 3rd; Robert Forbes of Rires KCQ]
    (with two tofts of) Balbuchlie 1622 RMS viii no. 370 col. 2 [Andrew Bruce; see Rash Myre # LEU for more details]
    in villa de Balbeuchlie 1643 Retours (Fife) no. 648 [a toft and croft called Philpscroft [268] ... ‘in toun of Balbeuchlie’]
    Balbeukly 1654 Blaeu (Pont) East Fife
    Balbeuchlie 1660 NLS CC20/4/12/19
    Balbuchrie 1665 Retours (Fife) no. 975
    (a third of) Balbughlie 1686 Retours (Fife) no. 1273 [Robert Forbes of Rires]
    Bal<b>eochlie 1688 Retours (Fife) no. 1292 [printed Balkeochlie; Charles earl of Southesk; Leuchars-Ramsay]
    Balbeochlie 1700 Retours (Fife) no. 1440 [James earl of Southesk]
    Balbeughly 1789 RHP1275 [‘Yards & Crofts’]
    Balbeuchly 1799 RHP1263 [also Balbeuchly Loaning on south-west of lands of Balbeuchly, running towards Earlshall][269]

G baile + ? G buachaille + – in

‘(Place of the) farm or estate of (the) herdsman or herdsmen’. According to both Pont and RHP1275 (1789) it lay between Earlshall LEU and Leuchars village. In William de Ferrers’s grant to St Andrews Priory of land lying ‘in the arable’ (in campo) of Balloulyn 1279 × 1289 (St A. Lib. 398), the two acres in question are described as being on the south side of the way which leads from the vill of Leuchars towards the manor of the countess of Buchan (probably Earlshall, q.v.). If so, then the position of Balloulyn corresponds well with that of Balbeuchly, with -lo- very probably a misreading of -b-, giving an original *Balbulyn.

    Another late eighteenth-century plan, dated 1799 (RHP1263) shows Balbeuchly as containing 26 crofts of one to six acres divided between 14 tenants or portionars.

    Balbeuchley, Auchterhouse ANG probably contains the same elements.

This place-name appeared in printed volume 4