List of names as written Various modes of spelling Authorities for spelling Situation Description remarks
BUNKLE 004 ; 010 ; 011 ; 016 ; 017
Bunkle (P’h) Bunkle (Parish) New Statistical Account of Berwickshire; Fullerton’s Gazetteer of Scotland; The Rev’d John Dunlop, Minister. On Sheets: 4.15, 10.3, 10.4, 10.7, 10.8, 10.10, 10.11, 10.12, 10.14, 10.15, 10.16, 11.1, 11.5, 11.9, 11.10, 11.13, 11.14, 16.4, 17.1 & 17.2 The name of this parish has at different times been variously written. The more ancient orthography was Bonkile, or Bonkle, which has for more than half a century been changed into Bunkle, or Buncle. Some derive the name Bunkle from the Latin bona cella, while others refer it to the Celtic origin, bow or bun, signifying the foot or base, and cell or kill, a cell or chapel; which etymology is quite descriptive of the place. The word Preston, the name of the annexed parish, is supposed by some to come from the Saxon, signifying the town of the priests, by others from the Gaelic Preas, signifying a thicket or Copsewood, and tun, a town or farm.The parishes of Bunkle & Preston, originally separate charges, were about 120 years ago as one Cure, and for several years after this union public worship was performed in each alternately. This continued for several years; but both churches coming to need repair, that of Bunkle being most Centrical, was suffinciently fitted up to accomodate the whole population, & the other left in a ruinous state. The church of Bunkle was rebuilt in 1820. The farm or their united parish is very irregular. The greatest distance between the farthest points may be 5 or 6 miles; yet the mean length is only 4 1/2 miles; & the mean breadth 3 1/4. It is bounded on the N. & E. by Abbey St Bathans and Coldingham; on S.E. by Chirnside, on the S. & W. by the Whiteadder while

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