Balwarryn *

Balewarryn c.1220 Terrier F [17/18th c. copy]

G baile + ? pn Warin(us).

This Anglo-Norman personal name is not recorded in Fife in the twelfth or early thirteenth century, but Inchcolm Chrs. no 11 records one ‘Warin son of Robert Inglis or the Englishman’ (Warinus filius Roberti anglici) in Lothian c.1219.

Another possibility is the French surname (de) Warren, the family of Ada de Warren, who was queen-mother from 1153 until her death in 1178. Ada herself held land in and around Crailshire.

This place-name occurs only here. It belonged to the bishop, and is listed along with various parts of the lands of Kincaple SSL. Along with Balcormo CBE and Balmartin # SSL it may provide evidence for the creation of G place-names in east Fife in the late twelfth or early thirteenth century.

This place-name appeared in printed volume 3