West Keir 1757 RHP1710
East Keir 1757 RHP1710
‘Ancient fortification’. In the printed Volume 1 it was suggested that this was a Pictish name. I now think this is extremely unlikely and that it derives from a Scots word meaning 'ancient fortification'. See Elements Glossary in Vol. 5 under keir for more discussion.
The name appears in various combinations, such as OS Pathf. Keir Brae Plantation NT240947, Keir Brae on OS 6 inch (1856), and Keir Chapel # q.v.
This place-name appeared in printed volume 1