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Early-attested site in the Parish of Kirkandrews Middle

Historical Forms

  • the Batingbush 1536 LP
  • Baitting Bukske, the Bating Busk 1538 ib
  • Baytonbushe 1603 DuLa
  • Batinbuss 1658 CantWviii
  • Bayting bush 1675 SandfordA
  • Batinbush 1740 CW(OS)viii
  • Beaton Bush 1774 Donald
  • Beating Bush 1821 G


This is known to have been a place where Scottish and English borderers met for discussion and negotiation. Bating is the normal English 'debating.' Cf. The Debateable Land supra 38.