Billow Ness

Billow Ness ANR CR NO563027 1 374 0m

ju ta lie Bullennes 1588 x 1593 RMS v no. 2324 [an acre of arable land ‘next to the Billow Ness’]
prope Bulliness 1647 Retours (Fife) no. 730 [Alexander Black (Blak), ‘in an acre of arable land beside Billow Ness in the common tongue called *Simon Ward’s Brae’ in lordship and barony of Pittenweem (in acra terrae arabilis prope Bullines in <loco> vulgari vocato Simon Wards-Brae)]
Billanes 1673 Retours (Fife) no. 1124 [Andrew Keir; ‘an acre of arable land beside Billow Ness in the place called *Simon Ward’s Brae’ (acra terrae arabilis prope Billanes in loco vocato Simeon Wardes Brae)]
Billy ness 1703 Adair/Sea-Coast (Forth)
Billy-ness 1730 Cooper (Adair)/Forth
Billyness 1845 NSA ix, 295
Billow Ness 1855 OS 6 inch 1st edn

? + Sc ness

The first element is uncertain,[8] but has been re-interpreted as SSE ‘billow’, with the OS Name Book stating that ‘it derives its name from the large waves which are dashed against it by the easterly winds’ (82, 55).

This place-name appeared in printed volume 3