Bunzion CLT S NO349082 1 373 185m NOF
Laurence Smyth in Byn 1249 ;eane 1515 Fife Ct. Bk. 15 [Laurence Smith]
Bynzeane 1541 RMS iii no. 2256 [part of lands and barony of Pitlessie CLT]
Bunzeoun 1602 Retours (Fife) no. 112 [to John Lindsay (Lyndsay) of Byres, ‘in the lands of Hilton CLT and Bunzion’ (in terris de Haltoun et Bunzeoun), united with other lands in the barony of Pitcruvie (Pitcruvie) LAR, q.v.]
Bungzeoun 1610 Retours (Fife) no. 208 [Robert Lindsay, ‘in the lands of Hilton and Bunzion’ (in terris de Hiltoun et Bungzeoun)]
Bunzum 1654 Blaeu (Pont) East Fife
Binoen 1654 Blaeu (Gordon) Fife
Bunnian 1753 Roy sheet 18, 1
Bonzean 1775 Ainslie/Fife [‘Robert Bruce Esqr.’]
Bonzion 1790 OSA, 409 [‘There were coal mines some time ago on the estate of Bonzion, ... chiefly for burning lime’]
Bunzeon 1828 SGF [= OS Pathf. Lower Bunzion]
Lower Bunzion 1856 OS 6 inch 1st edn
Upper Bunzion 1856 OS 6 inch 1st edn
‘Little peaked hill’ (diminutive of G beinn, earlier beann, ‘(peaked) hill, mountain’). OS Pathf. shows Upper Bunzion at the above NGR, just to the east of a small peak (200 m high), and this may be the feature referred to in the name. The old centre or principal dwelling place of the lands of Bunzion would have lain on the lower ground to the north, at or near OS Pathf. Lower Bunzion (NO346092), which was called simply Bunzion until the mid-nineteenth century. At or near OS Pathf. Upper Bunzion Ainslie/Fife (1775) shows Corbie Hall ‘crow hall’, the kind of name applied, often humorously, to a relatively remote or low-status dwelling (see Elements Glossary, PNF 5, under Sc hall).
Priestfield farm, which forms Bunzion’s western march, has two fields called respectively Bottom Bunzion Road and Top Bunzion Road. OS Pathf. shows Upper Bunzion and Lower Bunzion.
This place-name appeared in printed volume 2