Bunnian 1753 Roy sheet 17, 5
Bullions 1775 Ainslie/Fife
Bullians 1785 Sasines no. 1094 [Patrick Geddes of Stripeside]
Bullions 1788 Sasines no. 2022 [Robert Geddes, ‘part of Bullions with the Braes’]
Bullions 1828 SGF
This is a problematical place-name, which occurs throughout northern England and southern Scotland. Margaret Scott, in her comprehensive discussion of this name, tentatively suggests that there may be a link between these names and wells dedicated to St Martin, specifically associated with his summer feast-day, that of his translation (4 July), known in Sc as ‘St Martin Bullion’s Day’, from French bouillant ‘boiling, hot’, with reference to the weather at that time of year, in contrast to his main feast-day, Martinmas, 11 November (2000, 41-3).
OS Pathf. also shows Bullions Farm Cottages.
This place-name appeared in printed volume 1