Bickramside SLN S NT009909 1 384 100m SOF
Pickramside 1753 Roy sheet 17, 5
Bickerhim 1775 Ainslie/Fife
Bickerhim 1828 SGF
Bickramside 1856 OS 6 inch 1st edn.
Bickram Village 1856 OS 6 inch 1st edn. [at NT005913]
This may be one of those Sc verbal constructions, at the same time humorous and pejorative, like Glowrourhim CUS, Hungerhimout and Pilkimbare (for which see Pilkhambrae # ATL). Sc bicker as a transitive verb means ‘to pelt, attack with repeated blows, assail with arrows or other missiles’. If this analysis is correct, it would mean ‘pelt him’ or ‘pelt them’, and may simply be yet another vivid way of referring to the difficulty of eking out a living from a small-holding on marginal land.
OS 6 inch 1st edn. (1856) also has Bickram Village, a row of houses at NT005913, depicted but not named on OS Pathf. The name survives in OS Pathf. Bickram Village Wood. Bickram Wood, named as such on both OS 6 inch (1856) and OS Pathf. is south-east of Bickramside.
The first part of the name has been used for a street-name, Bickram Cresent, in the 1980s housing development in Comrie CUS.
This place-name appeared in printed volume 1