Byrecroft

New Abbey, KCB, NX968657 [approximate]

Elements: SSE byre ‘a cow-house or cattle-house; an abode, dwelling’; SSE croft; ? en Byre

Byrecroft is listed between Broadcroft and Gateside in the Land Tax Rolls. I have given its grid reference at a point near Gateside; however, this is unlikely to be its actual site. It may take its name from Byre, recorded once in 1595, but the names are equally as likely to be independent formations.

This entry is still in draft and has yet to be proofed. There are links to the sources of historical forms of the name, where spellings can be checked.