Dunbog DBG PS NO285180 1 362 70m

    capella de Dunbulc’ 1189 x 1194 RRS ii no. 339 [= Arb. Lib. i no. 34; for dating, see under Pitlour SLO, below; the chapel of Dunbog granted by the king to Arbroath Abbey along with other former properties of Abernethy]
    capella de Dunbulc’ 1189 x 1194 Arb. Lib. i no. 35 [Laurence son of Orm of Abernethy; see DBG Intro.]
    ecclesiam de Dunbulc’ 1198 x 1202 Arb. Lib. i no. 147 [‘church of Dunbog’, no longer ‘chapel’; episcopal confirmation of properties of Arbroath Abbey]
    Dubulg 1249 Arb. Lib. i no. 236 [in margin: ‘names of vills of Dunbog: Collairnie, Johnston and Balmeadie’ (nomina villarum de Dunbulg: Culerny, Jonistoun, Balmadid)]
    (church of) Dunbulg’ c.1250 St A. Lib. 34
    (Thomas chaplain of) Dunbulg 1253 Lind. Cart. no. 64 [w.]
    Fergusius vicarius de Dunbulg 1400 St A. Lib. 8
    in ecclesia p<ar>rochiali de Dunbulg 1400 St A. Lib. 8
    Dunbolg 1484 ADC i, *102 [Scots; see Countryhills FLK]
    Dunbolg 1486 Arb. Lib. ii no. 300 [David, abbot of Arbroath, to Robert Henry and John Henry his son, the garbal teinds of the touns of Dunbog, Balmeadie, Johnston, Countryhills FLK, and the teinds ‘of the Prior’s Acres of Dunbog’ (acrarum prioris de Dunbolg) in ‘the parish of our church of Dunbog’ (infra parochiam nostre ecclesie de Dunbolg) for 13 years, immediately after death of Master David Abercrombie (Abbircrumby)]
    Donbug 1504 RMS ii no. 2793 [David Beaton of Creich, lands of Dunbog and Countryhills FLK etc., in barony of Ballinbreich FLK]
    Dunbulg 1517 RMS iii no. 122
    Ale ander Spens in Dunbulg 1519 Fife Ct. Bk. 141
    Ale ander Spens in Doumboug 1520 Fife. Ct. Bk. 183
    Dunboug Beitone 1521 Fife Ct. Bk. 226 [see discussion, below]
    Dunboug 1530 RMS iii no. 898 [see Johnston DBG]
    Kirk of Dunbug 1561 Assumption, 359 [Arbroath Abbey; rental set for £1 p.a.]
    Donbug 1563 RMS iv no. 1460 [Beatons; lands and barony of Dunbog and Countryhills FLK (Donbug et Contrahillis) with mill]
    Dumbug c.1560 s Assumption, 68
    Dunbog 1590 x 1599 Pont MS 54B
    Dunbug 1603 RMS vi no. 1492 [James Beaton of Creich]
    Dynbug 1628 Retours (Fife) no. 400 [David Beaton, in lands and barony of Dunbog and Countryhills FLK, in barony of Creich]
    Dunbolg c.1636 x 1652 Gordon MS 54A
    Dunbolg 1654 Blaeu (Pont) East Fife
    Dunbog 1654 Blaeu (Gordon) Fife [with Kirk shown separately to north]
    minister of Dunboughe 1655 Lamont’s Diary 92
    Dumboig 1692 Retours (Fife) no. 1332 [Master George Bannerman of]
    Dunboig 1692 Retours (Fife) no. 1332 [Alexander Bannerman, son of George, in touns (villis) and lands of Dunbog, comprehending touns and lands of Dunbog, Countryhills FLK, with liberty of burgh of barony in toun of Dunbog, and ‘the moss of Dunbog’ (mossa de Dunboig); touns and lands of Gadvan # DBG and Johnston DBG, half the lands of Freeland ABE, and teinds of all the foresaid lands, all in DBG and ABE, united in barony of Dunbog]
    Dunbog 1775 Ainslie/Fife [shows Kirk and Dunbog Place to north, Dunbog Hill in south of parish]
    at Denboig 1814 NAS CH2/82/20/204 [the Presbytery of Cupar met here]
    the minister of Denbog 1814 NAS CH2/82/20/206
    Dunbog 1828 SGF [also shows Dunbog Ho.]
    Dunbog House 1855 OS 6 inch 1st edn [‘on site of Preceptory Gadvan’ with ‘Church (remains of)’ marked in Gothic script]

G dùn + G bolg

‘Bag fort’; G bolg ‘bag, belly; bag-like (rounded) hill’. The u-sound, shown regularly in the early forms, may reflect either gen. sing. builg, or pl. builg. The fort(ified hill) probably refers to the 216 m high, rounded hill known as Dunbog Hill due south of Dunbog. No traces of a fort have been found there.

    The name Dunbog-Beaton (Dunboug Beitone 1521 Fife Ct. Bk. 226) reflects the fact that the Beatons were the major land-holder in Dunbog from 1504 until the late seventeenth century (see Millar 1895 ii, 338 for details).

    The NGR is of the site of the medieval parish kirk of Dunbog, which was in the Grave Yard (marked as such on the OS Pathf.), immediately to the south of the ruins of Dunbog House. No trace of the structure of the kirk remains.

    OS Pathf. also shows Dunbog Hill (a hill) and Dunboghill (a settlement on the eastern slope of the hill).


This place-name appeared in printed volume 4