Balbegy 1546 RMS iii no. 3275 [lands of Balbegy and Walkertoun lying on the water of Ore (super aqua de Ore)]
Balbegy 1547 RMS iv no. 116
Balbeggy 1654 Blaeu (Gordon) Fife
Balbeagie 1699 Retours (Fife) no. 1431
E. Bybiggy 1775 Ainslie/Fife [= OS Pathf. Middle Balbeggie]
W. Bybiggy 1775 Ainslie/Fife
E. Balbeggie 1828 SGF [= OS Pathf. Easter Balbeggie]
Mid Balbeggie 1828 SGF
West Balbeggie 1828 SGF
Easter Balbeiggy 1856 OS 6 inch 1st edn.
Middle Balbeiggy 1856 OS 6 inch 1st edn.
Wester Balbeiggy 1856 OS 6 inch 1st edn.
G baile + G beag + ? – in
‘(Place of the) small estate’? Or ‘(place of) the estate of a man called or nicknamed Beag’? Balbeggie # BGY shares the same elements. The specific beag (G ‘small’) is found also in the neighbouring farm of Begg ADN, KGH.
OS Pathf. has Wester Balbeggie, Middle Balbeggie, Easter Balbeggie, Balbeggie Cottages, Balbeggie Cottage and Balbeggie Avenue, and the lands are c.3 km from east to west, hardly a small estate! Blaeu (Gordon) Fife has no division of the estate in 1654, while Ainslie/Fife has it divided into east(er) and west(er) by 1775 (apparently corresponding with OS Pathf. Wester Balbeggie and Middle Balbeggie), while SGF (1828) shows Mid Balbeggie. The NGR above is taken from Middle Balbeggie. OS Pathf. Easter Balbeggie may be a re-naming of Ainslie/Fife (1775) Goodwillies, which is recorded at or near that site.
/balˈbɛgɪ/ or /bəlˈbɛgɪ/
This place-name appeared in printed volume 1