burnton

Place-name:Burnton
Suggested Meaning (1):‘ferme-town at the burn’
First element:Scots burn‘ stream’
Second element:Scots –ton ‘ferme-town’
Blaeu Coila (1654):O.Blakwood
OS Name Books (1855-57):Burnton
Location:Ordnance Survey (1937-1961)
Earlier Forms
Burnetoun (1603)

The properties of N. Blakwood (Nether Blackwood) and O. Blackwood (Over Blackwood) are shown in Blaeu’s Coila Provincia (1654). However the latter was also known as Burnetoun, since it sat on the east bank of the Blackwood Burn as it made its way to the River Nith.

’12 April 1603: Sasine was given by Hugh Campbell in Polquhirtour to Finlay Campbell in Nether Blakwod for the merk land of Over Blakwod called the Burnetoun’. [1]

Map 1 O. Blackwood and N.Blakwood | Reproduced with the permission of the National Library of Scotland

Through time the name Over Blackwood was replaced by Burnetoun and then later Burnton. Blackwood Burn became Burnton and Nether Blackwood shortened to Blackwood.

Map 2 Burnton | Reproduced with the permission of the National Library of Scotland

The Ordnance Survey Name Books (1855-57) entry for Burnton simply reads –

“A farm house, the property of the Marquis of Bute, occupied by Hugh Kirk

Burnton (Robert Guthrie)

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References
[1] Stuart Clarkson
Maps 
By Permission of National Library of Scotland 
https://maps.nls.uk/ 
Map 1 |Blaeu (1645) |Over Blackwood
Map 2 | OS (1937-61) | Burnton 
Ordnance Survey Name Books
By Permission of Scotland’s Places
scotlandsplaces.gov.uk
Ayrshire OS Name Books (1855-57) Vol. 49|Burnton