Bads # CUS S NS974883 2

Bad 1540 x 1543 RMS iii no. 2869 [see CUS Introduction]
Bad 1574 x 1586 RMS v no. 1109
Bad 1574 x 1586 RMS v no. 1109
lands of Bad 1587 Culross Chrs. 83 no. 50 [set in feu to Alexander Maistertoun]
lands of Bad 1587 Culross Chrs. 83 no. 51 [feu duty of great and small coal in the bounds of the lands of Bad set in feu to Ronald Maistertoun, fiar of Bad]
mire of Baid 1587 Culross Chrs. 86 no. 86 [free entry in the mire of Baid to cast turf, heather etc. ... set in feu to Robert Bruce of Blairhall]
lands of Bad 1589 RMS v no. 2152 [to James Colvill of abbey of Culross]
Bad 1592 RMS v no. 2152
mora de Baid 1592 RMS v no. 2152 [free entry to the muir of Bads (Baid) for digging turf, peat etc.]
Bad 1609 RMS vii no. 9
Baid 1602 RMS vi no. 1280
terras de Bad 1634 RMS ix no. 134 [John Erskyne sells to Geo. Bruce lands of Bad ‘in dominio de Culros, vic. Perth’]
Baid 1642 RMS ix no. 1217 [John Erskyne retrieves his lands, including lands of Baid]
Baurd 1753 Roy Sheet 16, 1 [possibly Baard]84
Bads 1783 Stobie
Bads 1821 Ainslie/S. Scotland

G bad or Sc bad

‘Spot, clump (of trees)’. W. J. Watson considers this element to be a loan-word into Scottish G from either British or Pictish *bod ‘residence’, retained in the specialised sense of ‘place, spot’. He says that it is found mainly in place-names in the east of Scotland, from Moray to Peeblesshire (1926, 423–4). However, I know of no occurrences in Fife proper. In this case it is more probably from either the G bad, or from the Sc loan-word from that, bad or baud, both meaning ‘thicket, clump of trees, bushes etc.’

NGR inferred from Stobie (1783).

This place-name appeared in printed volume 1