bryds burn

Place-name:Bryds Burn
Suggested Meaning :St. Brigit’s stream?
First element:Proper Name: Bryds ‘Brigit’s’
Second element:S. burn ‘stream’
Blaeu Coila (1654):Bryds b.
OS Name Books (1855-57):No Entry
Location:Blaeu Coila Provincia
Earlier Forms
Bryds b. (Blaeu 1654)

Bryds burn ‘St. Bridget’s Burn’

Bryds b. (burn) appears on Blaeu Coila Provinicia and is possibly a reference to St. Bride better known as St. Brigid of Kildare [1] , one of the patron saints of Ireland (See Brydesbank).

The burn runs parallel with March Burn close to the parish boundary between New Cumnock (and before that the original parish of Cumnock) and Kirkconnel (‘church of St. Conal’) which may be significant.

It should be noted that the patron saint of the original parish of Cumnock is St. Conval, likely an alernative name for St. Conal. While the parish church of Sanquar which has a parish boundary with both New Cumnock and Kirkconnel.

Map 1 Bryds b.| Reproduced with the permission of the National Library of Scotland

The name Bryds burn does not appear on any of the later Ordnance Survey Maps and the most likely contender is Docken Burn.


[1] Saints in Scottish Place-Names, St. Bride’s Bank, Registrum magni sigilli (1536)
By Permission of National Library of Scotland
Map 1 |Blaeu (1645) | Bryds Burn
Ordnance Survey Map | Docken Burn