Baincraig AMY S NO230120 1 362 80m SEF

    Baincraig 1856 OS 6 inch 1st edn

? pn Bain + Sc craig

This name may be a late Sc coining containing the common Fife surname Bain + Sc craig ‘crag, rock’ (a loan-word from G creag), and the lack of an expected genitival s may be compared with Baintown KWY PNF 2, which more certainly contains this surname. Another possibility is that it derives from G bàn chreag ‘white crag’. Whatever the meaning of the first element, and whatever the language of origin, the second element probably refers to the rocky outcrop a short distance north-west of the house. OS Name Book describes it as follows: ‘A small house one story high with offices and a thrashing machine worked by a wind mill, all in good repair. There is a garden, and a small arable farm attached. The property and residence of William Young’ (51, 7).

This place-name appeared in printed volume 4