Rambroig # KDT KXY S NT2891 3

Rambrog 1634 RMS ix no. 164 [part of Balsusney KDT q.v.]
Rambroig 1684 Retours (Fife) no. 1235 [part of Balsusney KDT q.v.]
Runbroig 1697 Retours (Fife) no. 1398 [lands of Runbroig or (vel) Rumbroig, which are parts of the lands of Balsusney (Balsasnay)]
Rumbroig 1697 Retours (Fife) no. 1398 [lands of Runbroig or (vel) Rumbroig]
Rambroig 1711 Fraser, Wemyss i, p. 336 [parts of the lands of Balsusney]

This name is probably G, or at least Celtic, and therefore appears too late in the record for there to be any certainty as to its underlying elements. It belongs to the same category of names as Rumbrothie # ELI and Rumdewan KTT, also minor names not recorded until the early modern period. They can perhaps be compared with Rumgally KMB and Rummond SSL. For Rumgally early forms such as Radmagalli (1238 × 1240 Barrow 1974 no. 6) reveal Rum- as a rather drastic reduction of G r?th mac ‘fort of (the) sons of’; while early forms of Rummond SSL such as Rodmanand (1144 St A. Lib. 122) also indicate an original G r?th or its Pictish cognate. Alternatively Rambroig and Rumbrothie (at least) may contain G rann ‘division’ (as found in Rankeilour MML), in which the initial b of the second element would explain the change of preceding n to m.

The second element may be G bròg ‘shoe’, probably also found in Pittenbrog # LEU, as well as in Pittenbrog, Abernethy parish PER (formerly FIF). In connection especially with religious communities ‘shoe’ can refer to land whose income is used to provide footwear for the community in question. However, it might also refer simply to the shape of the land.

This place-name appeared in printed volume 1