Bouprie ABO S NT183854 1 40m
Beaupre 1304 CDS v no. 365 [Letter of Edward I dated here 13th April]
Beaupre 1304 CDS v no. 366 [Letter of Edward I dated here 13th April]
in capella grangie de Beupre 1321 Inchcolm Chrs. no. 32 [in the chapel of the grange of Bouprie]
Beaupre c.1347 x 1355 Inchcolm Chrs. no. 33 [Inch Marton (Eglismarten) beside Bouprie (iuxta Beaupre)]
Beawpre 1441 Inchcolm Chrs. no. 51
Bewpre 1441 Inchcolm Chrs. no. 51
Bowprie 1606 RMS vi no. 1704
Beaupre 1654 Blaeu (Gordon) Fife
Bowprie 1775 Ainslie/Fife
Bowpray 1872 Sasines no. 1544
Boupra 1853 x 1856 OS Name Book 134, 32 [variant spelling, also Boupry]
Bouprie 1856 OS 6 inch 1st edn.
French beau + French pré(e)
‘Beautiful meadow’. By 1321 the abbey of Inchcolm had a grange or monastic farm here, with a chapel attached. No record survives of how Inchcolm came to hold Bouprie. It can scarcely have been part of the half-carucate of land given to the monastery c.1181, and confirmed by papal bull in 1182 (Inchcolm Chrs. no. 6; for more details of which, see Seaside ABO below). The French name will have been coined by the canons of Inchcolm, many of whom would have been French speaking, at least in the twelfth and early thirteenth centuries.
The name appears on OS Pathf. 394 in Nether Bouprie, and in Bouprie Banks, shown simply as Banks on Ainslie/Fife (1775). OS 6 inch (1856) shows Bouprie where OS Pathf. shows Nether Bouprie. Nether Bouprie therefore supplies the above NGR, which was the nucleus of the grange and the site of the chapel.
/ˈbuprɪ/ or /ˈbəuprɪ/
This place-name appeared in printed volume 1