Bedescraigs # KTT S NO350067 1 220m
in dominio de Bateiscraggis 1516 Fife Ct. Bk. 47 [‘in the lordship of Clatto KTT and Bedescraigs, with tower’ (in dominio de Clatty et Bateiscraggis cum turre) etc.]
Bateiscraggis 1536 RMS iii no. 1551 [to George Ramsay of Clatto (Clatty) and Griselda Melville (Maville) his wife, the lands of Clatto and Bedescraigs, with mill and mill-lands]
Beatiescraigis 1628 RMS viii no. 1333 [to George Gibson of Durie SCO, knight, the lands of Clatto (Clattie), the lands of Bedescraigs and Newbigging, with coals etc.]
Beatycraigis 1644 Retours (Fife) no. 680 [Alexander Gibson of Durie, lands of Bedescraigs and Newbigging (Newbiging)]
Benescraig 1654 Blaeu (Pont) East Fife
Brettiscraigs 1662 Retours (Fife) no. 920 [John Gibson of Durie, lands of Bedescraigs and Newbigging]
Beatys Craigs 1795 RHP2580
Beatties Craigs or British Craigs 1810 Sasines no. 8849
Bedescraigs 1827 Ainslie/East Fife
Bedes Craigs 1828 SGF
Bedescraigs 1856 OS 6 inch 1st edn
pn Beattie + Sc crag
Beattie is a hypocorism of the personal name Bartholomew, and appears in various forms, including Bate, Batie, Baty, Bates and Beddie (Black 1946, 60, 64, 65). The name was local, since a John Beddison (Johnne Beddisone) in Kingskettle (Kingis Catyll) KTT appears in a local assise in 1515 (Fife Ct. Bk. 15). Beddisone could well be functioning here as a patronymic, which would mean that his father (or a recent forebear) was called Beddie (Beattie).
From the early forms it would seem that Beattie was assimilated to the personal name Bede in the early nineteenth century.
In the seventeenth century it is closely associated with a place called Newbigging (‘new building’), which has not survived.
OS Pathf. Hogland Strips lie a little to the east of Bedescraigs.
This place-name appeared in printed volume 2