Balgriebank KWY S NO353044 1 373 175m SOF
Begrabank 1753 Roy sheet 18, 1
Bagriebank 1781 Sasines no. 198
Bagrie Bank 1795 RHP2580
lands of Bagrie 1802 Sasines no. 6262
Bagra Bank 1809 [James Forbes farmer of Balgriebank; original document seen in Mr W. Beveridge’s Antique Shop, Falkland c.2000]
Bagriebank 1827 Ainslie/East Fife
Bagrie 1828 SGF
Balgriebank 1856 OS 6 inch 1st edn
en Balgrie + Sc bank
Despite appearances Balgrie does not contain G baile, as the early forms indicate. Balgrie or Balgray is a frequently occurring name elswhere in Scotland with early forms which confirm this negative analysis. Examples are Balgray, Fenwick AYR (Bagraw 1392); Balgray, Irvine AYR (Bograw 1452 RMS, ii no. 583; Balgra 1489 RMS, ii no. 1876); Balgray, Lesmahagow LAN (Balgra 1590 × 1599 Pont MS Map 34); Bagrae, Alvah BNF (Bagra 1654 Blaeu).
Bagraw, which appears in a late fourteenth-century charter of Dunfermline Abbey anent the lands of Woolmet MLO (Dunf. Reg. no. 384), but which does not seem to have survived, is another early example of this name. It is mentioned as being on the marches of the land of Woolmet (Wymeth), which at this point is the road which goes ‘through the crofts of the gresmen of Bagraw’ (per croftos gresmannorum de Bagraw). DOST cites Bagraw here as an example of raw ‘a row (of houses etc.)’. It does not, however, venture a suggestion for the first element. This looks very like Sc bag, and the compound probably refers to a row of cottages or crofts arranged in such a way as to be reminiscent of the shape of a bag i.e. in a kind of deep crescent or semi-circle.
Ainslie/Fife (1775) does not show it, though it does show Bighty Bank at or near this place, south-east of Bighty.
This place-name appeared in printed volume 2