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English nameBalfron
Gaelic nameBoth Fron

Location and type of place name

Local authorityStirling ~ Sruighlea
Parish post 1891
County post 1891
Topographical feature type
OS sheet number
OS grid referenceNS548889
Type of namePlace ~ Àite


Element meaning 
Element type

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Language notes 
Sourcesbo-fron : Diack Ms2276 [Aberfoyle informant]
bo-fro:in: Diack Ms2276 form nearby for Glen Fruin is fro:iN' [Aberfoyle informant...Gaelic
was good but he often 'improved']

For Bal- replacing Both- Buth- v. Balquhidder, The fron =bren might represent bran, `raven,' braon, `drop',
`dew,' 'wet,' `a wet place.' Watson in Charters of Inchaffray
`in Balfron, we cannot tell whether o was originally long or short.': Watson 2002 (1904) 46.

It is possible the second of Diack's forms was changed in analogy with Glen Fruin.
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