Balram ABO S NT195871 1 394 120m SEF

(Nicholas of) Balram 1214 x 1214 x 1226 Dunf. Reg. no. 168
(Nicholas of) Balran 1233 Inchcolm Chrs. no. 15
(Simon of) Balramer 1270 CDS v no. 27
(Simon son and heir of John of) Balran 1273 Inchcolm Chrs. no. 29
(Matthew of) Balran 1296 Inst. Pub. p. 157
terras de Balram 1543 RMS iii no. 2927 [to William Balram the lands of Balram with tower, fortalice and manor, and common pasture in Tellemyre]
Balrame 1565 Retours (Fife) no. 57 [James of Balrame]
Balrahame 1619 Retours (Fife) no. 298 [Laurence Balrahame in the lands of Balrahame]
Baram 1654 Blaeu (Pont) West Fife
Balram 1654 Blaeu (Gordon) Fife
Balrame 1671 Retours (Fife) no. 1094 [David Morris (Moreis) in the vill (villa), lands etc. of Balrame]
Ballram c.1750 RHP1022
Ram 1753 Roy sheet 17, 5
Balram 1775 Ainslie/Fife
Balramtown 1828 SGF
Balram 1856 OS 6 inch 1st edn.

G baile + ? G rann

‘Estate of (the) division or share?’. The specific element appears as a generic in Rankeilour MML (PNF 4). Inchcolm Chrs. calls the specific ‘obscure’ (p. 249). Liddall’s suggestion of r?than, ‘little rath’ can be discounted on the grounds that the th would not have been lost as early as the early thirteenth century (1896, s.n.). The farm-steading has been deserted for several decades.

/bal ram/ also /bul ram/

This place-name appeared in printed volume 1