Bandirran CER S NO407103 1 363 115m NWF
Ballendureth c.1204 x 1228 SHS Misc. iv (1926), 311 [Earl Malcolm of Fife infefts Alexander of Blair (Blar) KDT in the lands of Teasses (Thases) CER, Kintases and Bandirran]
Balderane 1509 RSS i no. 1813 [to James Traill a quarter of Bandirran pertaining to George earl of Rothes]
Ballinderane 1510 RMS ii no. 3511 [part of the free holding of Hall Teasses (Hall-Tacis) CER, to Andrew Barton (Bertoun); see Teasses CER]
Banderane 1521 Fife Ct. Bk. 241 [John Fullerton (Foulartoun) against Maister James Kinninmonth (Kynnynmont) for stealing ‘twa kye furtht of the landis and grond of Banderane’]
Balderane c.1560 s Assumption 55 [to Collegiate Kirk of St Mary on the Rock, St Andrews]
Bandirran 1613 Retours (Fife) no. 1547
Bandirrane 1642 Retours (Fife) no. 618 [John earl of Rothes, in the lands and barony of Teasses]
Bandirran 1643 Retours (Fife) no. 658 [Margaret Inglis]
Bandirran 1662 Retours (Fife) no. 914 [Thomas Hope of Craighall, ‘terras de Bandirran et Cockles (Cocklaw CER)’]
Bandirran 1753 Roy sheet 18, 1 [also Bents of Bandirran and E. Hill of Bandirran]
Banderren 1775 Ainslie/Fife
Bandirran 1827 Ainslie/East Fife
Bandirran 1856 OS 6 inch 1st edn
G baile + G an + ? G deòradh
‘Farm of the dewar’? The earliest form suggests that it contains G deòradh, whence the surname Dewar, a person charged with the safe-keeping of a saintly relic, and thus with various religious, legal and even military roles; for more on this see Auchterderran ADN, whose second element appears to have undergone a very similar development, and Pitbauchlie DFL (PNF 1). *Nevethy-endereth SSL (PNF 3), probably contains the same specific element (deòradh).
Alternatively it may possibly contain some form of G doire ‘oak’, although the earliest form is very hard to explain if this is the case.
Bandirran, Collace parish PER, which has an early form Ballyndireth, probably shares the same etymology.
There was a local rhyme consisting only of place-names in the Cupar neighbourhood which suggests Bandirran had an alternative form ‘Baldernie’ (MacKay 1896, 288).
/bənˈdɪrən/ or /bənˈdʌrən/
This place-name appeared in printed volume 2