Baw Hills

Baw Hills NBH R NO226160 1 362 199m

    Baw Hills 1856 OS 6 inch 1st edn

These hills are near the source of the Bow Burn, which flows out of Lochmill Loch, and it is suggested under Bow Burn, above (Section 1) that the two names are connected. However, as a hill-name this can be compared with Baw Hill ABE, which may contain Sc ba ‘ball’, referring to its rounded summit. However, the OS Name Book surveyor described it as ‘A small ridge of hills on the farm of Wester Lumbenny, the surface of which is almost covered with rocks, furze and broom. is very rugged and is formed into several small hills. I cannot obtain the meaning of the word Baw – it is always called so, and not Bow’ (49, 53).

This place-name appeared in printed volume 4