Banbeath SCO S NO368015 1 25m

Balbethe 1452 x 1480 RMS ii no. 1444 [one of the lands belonging to the Church of St Andrews]
the hail landis of Ballinbeitht 1520 Fife Ct.Bk. 180–1 [mentioned four times; anent ‘wrongful occupying’ (wranguis occupying)]
Ballinbrocht 1587 Assumption 15
Bambraith 1620 RMS vii no. 2151
Bambeth 1644 Retours (Fife) no. 680 [Alexander Gibson of Durie, in barony of Durie]
Banbeth 1654 Blaeu (Gordon) Fife
Bambeich 1662 Retours (Fife) no. 920 [John Gibson of Durie in barony of Durie]
Bambaith 1699 Retours (Fife) no. 1425 [John Gibson of Pentland MLO]
Benbeath 1753 Roy sheet 18, 1
Banbath 1775 Ainslie/Fife
Bambeath 1828 SGF
Banbeath 1855 OS 6 inch 1st edn

G baile + G an + G beithe

‘Farm of the birch tree’ (baile na beithe) or ‘of the birch trees’ (baile nam beithe). Compare Balbedie KGL and Beath (PNF 1), both of which contain this G tree-name; see also Elements Glossary PNF 5. The farm of Banbeath is now the site of United Distillers’ huge complex of bonded whisky warehouses. The name has survived in the street-name Banbeath Road in Leven, with Banbeath Cottages at its western end, at NO369013.

    /ban biθ/

This place-name appeared in printed volume 2