Bois Bridge

Bois Bridge IKG O NT131835 1 394 5m

? pon<s> borealis de Inverkething 1539 RMS iii no. 1934 [Latin ‘north bridge’]
Bows Bridge 1832 Great Reform Act plan [NLS maps website]
Bois Bridge 1856 OS 6 inch 1st edn.

? Sc bow + Sc brig or SSE bridge

The 1832 form suggests the first element is likely to be Sc bow ‘cattle’; alternatively it may be a development of Sc bowbrig ‘arched bridge’, for which see PNF 5 (Elements Glossary).

A bridge crossing the Keithing Burn, ‘on the Great North Road’ according to OS Name Book 74, 13. It is to the north of the town. In PNF 1 it was suggested that it could have been a garbled form of (pons) borealis ‘north bridge’ of 1539. This is unlikely, the suggestion having been made before I was aware of the 1832 form.

This place-name appeared in printed volume 1