|Suggested Meaning:||a boundary burn|
|First element||Scots march ‘boundary’|
|Second element||Scots burn ‘stream’|
|Blaeu Coila (1654):||No Entry|
|OS Name Books (1855-57):||March Burn|
|Location:||Ordnance Survey (1895)|
Scots march ‘ boundary’ Scots burn ‘stream’
There are several march burns in the parish of New Cumnock which generally serve or have previously served the purpose of forming a boundary. The first element is Scots march (pronounced mairch) ‘boundary’  and the second element is Scots burn ‘stream’ .
The Ordnance Survey Name Book (1855-57) entry for March Burn reads –
A Small Burn flowing by the farm of Marchburn into Burnton* Burn.
N.B. The entry should read Burnston Burn which takes its name from Burnston farm 
The March Burn forms a small part of the boundary between the lands of Craigman and those of the neighbouring lands of Burnston. Indeed, in ‘field boundary’ maps of 1944-45 [Scotland’s People], only a part of the March Burn forms a boundary, with the remainder of it wholly contained within the lands of Craigman.
It is very likely that the nearby farm of Marchburn  took its name from the burn, however in later years, following the demise of Craigman farm (which was then renamed Old Craigman), Marchburn farm adopted the name Craigman! Sadly as a consequence of extensive opencast operations all of these farms are gone and so too the March Burn.
| Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd.|march|
| Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd.|burn|
| New Cumnock Place-Names | Burnston- in progress|
| New Cumnock Place-Names | Marchburn- in pog|
|By Permission of National Library of Scotland|
|Map 1: Ordnance Survey (1857) |March Burn|
|Ordnance Survey Name Books|
|By Permission of Scotland’s Places|
|Ayrshire OS Name Books (1855-57) Vol. 49| March Burn|