Ballantagar MML S NO308137 1 362 50m

    Montagart 1565 RSS v no. 2379 [confirmation of charter of sale by M. George Cook, vicar of parish kirk of Monimail, with consent of John, archbishop of St Andrews, to John Clephane (Clapen) and Alison Orrock his wife, of all and haill glebe and kirkland of said vicarage commonly called Montagart and Brewland]
    Joannis Clapen de Montager 1594 RMS vi no. 129 [to Alison Orrock, widow ‘of John Clephane of Ballantagar (Montager)’, lands in Orkney][314]
    Montagart et lie Brewland 1616 x 1627 RMS viii no. 1134 [to Robert lord Melville of Monimail and lady Jean Hamilton his wife; as 1619 entry, below]
    Montagart et Brewland 1619 Retours (Fife) no. 291 [‘glebe and kirklands of vicarage of Monimail, commonly called’ (glebam et terras ecclesiasticas vicariae de Monymaill, vulgo vocatas Montagart et Brewland)]
    Montagart 1636 Retours (Fife) no. 534 [as preceding]
    Ballenliger 1775 Ainslie/Fife [sic]
    Ballintagart 1827 Ainslie/East Fife
    Balintagart 1790s OSA, 657 [correctly explained as ‘the priest’s town’]
    Ballintagart 1828 SGF
    Ballintaggart 1855 OS 6 inch 1st edn

G mòine ? and G baile + G an + G sagart

‘Moss or peat-bog of the priest’ (mòine an t-sagairt); also ‘farm of the priest’ (baile an t-sagairt). From the forms so far collected, it is not clear whether this is an example of generic element variation, where the generics mòine and baile were used in the Gaelic-speaking period to express different aspects of the glebe or kirklands of Monimail; or whether the name was *Mon(an)tagart until the later eighteenth century, when the more familiar Ballan- etc was substituted for Mon- (generic element substitution) (see Taylor 1997). A third, less likely, explanation is that an earlier Bal- form may have been influenced by the first syllable of the parish-name Monimail. Until more forms, and above all earlier forms, can be found, these questions must remain open. Ballantagar contains the same generic and specific as Bassaguard SSL (PNF 3).

    The modern farm-steading of Ballantagar lies just over one km south-east of Monimail old parish kirk. It was closely associated with the brewery and brewlands of Monimail, mentioned also in a tack or lease to sir Alexander Duncan, curate of Monimail, of ‘the brewery of Monimail with its brewlands’ (Brasina de Monymail cum terris brasinariis eiusdem) (1540 Fraser, Melville iii no. 77).

    OS Pathf. shows Ballantagar, Ballantagar Cottages (200 m to the south), and Ballantagar Burn (which forms part of the MML/CLS boundary).


This place-name appeared in printed volume 4