Moyes # BUI S NT210882 2 130m

(land of) Muyoch 1265 x 1275 Dunf. Reg. no. 204 [see Knockdavie for more details]
(Robert) de ly Muockys 1328 Dunf. Reg. no. 371 [Robert of the Moyes, where ly represents the vernacular definite article the]
Moy Hous 1561 Dunf. Reg. pp. 429, 440
Moyishous 1588 RMS v no. 1476 [vill and lands of Moyishous and Stanehous alias Knokdowue (or Knokdowne) given to Robert Melville of Murdocairnie]
Moyhous 1594 RMS vi no. 75 col. 4 [vill and lands of Moyhous and Stanehous alias Knokdouu (or Knokdoun), part of lands of Dunfermline Abbey given to Queen Anne]

G magh + ? G - ach

‘Place on the plain’. This contains an oblique form of magh (muigh/moigh) ‘plain, flat land’ + a locational suffix, probably the adjectival ending –ach. This ending has been re-formed in various ways, for example as Sc house, probably under the influence of nearby Stenhouse, with which it is often paired in charters (e.g. RMS v no. 1476 and vi no. 75 col. 4). It referred to a small settlement on the flat land immediately west of Stenhouse BUI. See also Moyeshill # BUI.

This place-name appeared in printed volume 1