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Burlish Common

Early-attested site in the Parish of Upper and Lower Mitton

Historical Forms

  • Bourlasshe 1378 IpmR 1379 Pat
  • Bourlash 1390 ADiii


The forms are few and late but the second element appears to be æsc. The first may be a pers. name Burgela , a weak form of the name Burgel , itself a diminutive form of Burga . For these pers. names v. Redin 45, 139. Hence 'Burgela's ash-tree.'

Places in the same Parish

Early-attested site

Major Settlement