Balgonie ADN S NT211957 1 70m
Balgony 1531 RMS iii no. 980 [Colvilles]
Balgony 1540 RMS iii no. 2106 [Colvilles]
Litill Balgonie 1608 RMS vi no. 2140 [sunny half of the vill and lands of Litill Balgonie]
(half the lands of) Litill Balgonie (called) Balgonie-Westir 1636 RMS ix no. 541 [Boswells of Balmuto, barony of Glassmount (Glasmonth) KGH]
Balgonye 1581 Retours (Fife) no. 1465
Westir Balgony alias Litill Balgony 1637 RMS ix no. 712 [both sunny and shady half, with the manor of the place, and coals, in the parish of Auchterderran; Boswell to Edington]
Bagoney 1654 Blaeu (Pont) West Fife
Balgony 1654 Blaeu (Gordon) Fife
Balgowny 1753 Roy sheet 17, 5
Mid Balgowny 1753 Roy sheet 17, 5
Miekle Balgonie 1775 Ainslie/Fife
Little Balgonie 1775 Ainslie/Fife
Wester Balgony or Little Balgony 1781 Sasines no. 62 [comprising in part of Wallsgreen and Maidenhall, Little Balgony and Thorntown]
Wester Balgony or Little Balgony 1806 Sasines no. 7363 [comprising in part Smiddyhill, Knobs of Balgony, Inglishall, Temphlars or Imphlars, Glebe of Little Balgony and the lands of Bowbridge and Murrieknow]
Big Balgonie 1856 OS 6 inch 1st edn.
Little Balgonie 1856 OS 6 inch 1st edn.
G baile + G gobha + ? – in
‘Estate of the smith’, baile (a’) g(h)obha(i)nn + locational suffix meaning ‘place of or at’, most likely –in reduced to –ie. Balgonie MAI is the same name, while Balgove BMO and SSL contain the same elements, but without the suffix. On SGF (1828) and OS 2nd edn. two farms of this name appear viz Balgonie and, to the south-west, Little Balgonie (also called Wester Balgonie, as various seventeenth- and eighteenth-century sources show). On Ainslie/Fife (1775) and OS 6 inch 1st edn. Balgonie is Meikle Balgonie and Big Balgonie respectively. Little Balgonie has completely disappeared beneath coal mining spoil. The Balgonies included the settlements of Inglishall # (formerly Hungerhimout?), Annifield (Annfield 1828 SGF, and Annfield OS Explorer 2001) Wallsgreen # and Maidenhall # (Wallsgreen and Maidenhall 1781 Sasines no. 62), and Thornton #. A short distance to the east of Balgonie is Smithyhill (Ainslie/Fife and WF). This may be coincidence, or it may be evidence of continuity of use from the Gaelic-speaking into the Scots-speaking period.
/balˈgonɪ/ or /bəlˈgonɪ/
This place-name appeared in printed volume 1