Street Name Origins

This is a list of streets in Broxburn and Uphall which have been named after local people or places :

Aitken Orr Drive, Broxburn

Rev. Aitken Orr served as minister of the United Free Church in Broxburn.

Alexander Street, Uphall

Alexander Street was named after Mr William Alexander who was a dairyman.  His dairy was located at the west end of Alexander Street, early in the 20th century.  It was near to the present Lawson's butcher's shop.  His dairy cows grazed in a field at the east end of Alexander Street, roughly where the housing at Burnside Road now stands.

Birkdale Drive, Uphall

Birkdale Drive is part of a housing estate whose streets are named after golf courses in Scotland.

Buchan Road, etc, Broxburn

Named after the Earls of Buchan who were major landowners in the Parish of Uphall.

Burnside Road, Uphall

Burnside Road borders the Brox-burn.

Cardross Avenue, etc. Broxburn

Named after Lord Cardross, a son of the Earls of Buchan who were major landowners in the Parish of Uphall.

Carledubs Crescent, etc. Uphall

The Carledubs housing is named after the farm which stood nearby.  Carledubs is possibly derived from "Curling Dubs" - ponds or puddles.

Cleghorn Drive, Broxburn

Major J P Cleghorne (d. 1910) was Head Teacher of the Broxburn Public School for 30 years.

Crossgreen Drive, etc. Uphall

Crossgreen Drive is named after Crossgreen farm.  The farmhouse still stands on the Ecclesmachan Road.

Dargai Place, Uphall

Newbigging Craig to the north of Uphall is also known locally as the Dargai Heights. This name originates from a place called Dargai on the North West Frontier of India. The Battle of Dargai took place during the Pathan Revolt in 1897 when the Gordon Highlanders and Gurkha's strormed the Heights of Dargai. Piper Findlater (of the Gordon Highlanders), after being shot through both feet and unable to stand, sat up under heavy fire and continued playing the "Cock o' the North" to encourage his comrades. His gallantry raised an enormous wave of public enthusiasm. He received the V.C. and retired on a pension to his native Aberdeenshire.

Dunn Street, Broxburn

Rev. Charles Dunn served as minister of the North Church, Uphall (Strathbrock St Nicholas).

Fairnsfell, Broxburn

An old newspaper article attributes the following meaning to the then Councillor Jean Paris - that Fairnfell means 'houses built on a level part'.

Fivestanks Court, etc. Broxburn

Named after Fivestanks Farm. Fivestanks Farm probably owes its origin to the fact that five stanks or fish-ponds were situated nearby to supply the noble families of Kirkhill.

Forkneuk Road, Uphall

Forkneuk Road is named after the farm which stands nearby.

Forrest Walk, Uphall

Named after Rev. Alan Forrest, a former Minister of Uphall South Parish Church.

Freeland Avenue, Broxburn

Believed to be a derivation of the name Freedland. Dr Freedland practiced medicine in Broxburn.

Galloway Crescent, Broxburn

In the vicinity of where Galloway's Farm once stood.

Galmeilen, Broxburn

An old newspaper article attributes the following meaning to the then Councillor Jean Paris - that Galmeilen means 'Galloway's Farm, the family of Galloway having been in possession of the farmland on which the scheme is built, for over a century'.

Glebe Road, etc. Uphall

The Glebe housing is built on land which once belonged to St Nicholas Church, Uphall.

Hoban Square, Broxburn

Canon Hoban was a former clergyman of the Roman Catholic Church (Ss John Cantius and Nicholas) in Broxburn.

Holmes Road, Broxburn

Named after Holmes Farm.

Holygate Place / New Holygate, Broxburn

Holy gate means the holy way or road - the road to the Church.

Houstoun Gardens, Uphall

Houstoun Gardens is named after Houstoun House.

Howieson Green, Uphall

Takes its name from Gavin Howieson, a former local Councillor and Justice of the Peace.

Johnston Avenue, Uphall

Johnston Avenue was named after Thomas Johnston, who was an ironmonger.  The family shop ceased trading in early 2003.

Joseph Cumming Gardens, Broxburn

Named after Joe Cumming MBE JP, a former Broxburn Councillor and Justice of the Peace.

Joseph Scott Gardens, Broxburn

Dr Alexander Scott (d. 1956) first practiced in Broxburn under Dr Freedland. He also served as physician to the Broxburn Fever Hospital and as surgeon at the Broxburn Oil Works. Upon his passing, his son Dr Joseph Scott took on the practice in Broxburn.

Kelso Street, Broxburn

Kelso Street was named after Dr Kelso, a local doctor.

Kirkhill Park, etc. Broxburn

These streets are located near to Kirkhill House, a former home of the Earls of Buchan.  Kirkhill House was built in c. 1590.

Loanfoot Road, etc. Uphall

A lane ran from St Nicholas Church, between fields of corn (Loan means Lane).  In otherwords, Loanfoot was at the bottom of the lane from the church.

Loaninghill, Uphall

Loaninghill is named after Old Loaninghill Farm which stood nearby (loaning also means lane).

Lyarthall, Broxburn

An old newspaper article attributes the following meaning to the then Councillor Jean Paris - that Lyarthall means 'houses of mixed colours'.

MacFarlane Place, Uphall

MacFarlane Place was named after Maisie MacFarlane, the proprietor of the local newsagent.   Until 2019, the family still operated MacFarlane's Newsagents on West Main Street, Uphall.

MacLardy Court, Uphall

MacLardy Court was named after Dr MacLardy, a local doctor.

McLeod Street, Broxburn

McLeod Street is named after Miss McLeod, a former Head Teacher of Broxburn Public School.

Middleton Avenue, etc. Uphall

Middleton Avenue and the surrounding roads were built in the grounds of Middleton Hall.

Millbank, Uphall

Named after the the corn mill which was nearby (between the mini-roundabout and the Brox-burn at the west end of Uphall).

Muirfield Drive, Uphall

Muirfield Drive is part of a housing estate whose streets are named after golf courses in Scotland.

Port Buchan, Broxburn

Once a port or jetty on the Union Canal and named after the Earls of Bucham.

Primrose Court, Broxburn

Primrose Court is named after Rev James Primrose who was minister of Broxburn Parish Church. Rev Primrose also wrote the book 'History and Antiquities of the Parish of Uphall'.

Pyothall Road, Broxburn

Pyothall Road is near the location of the old Pyot Hall Farm.

Range Road, Broxburn

Site of the former shooting range.

Ross's Walk, Uphall

Ross's Walk takes its name from Alexander Ross, who was once a grocer in Uphall.

St Andrews Drive, Uphall

St Andrews Drive is part of a housing estate whose streets are named after golf courses in Scotland.

Stankards, Uphall

The Stankards housing is named after the farm which stood nearby.

Station Road, Broxburn

The road which led to the former railway station at Drumshoreland.

Station Road, Uphall

The road which leads to the railway station at Uphall Station.

Stewartfield, Broxburn

Named after David Stewart Erskine, eleventh Earl Buchan.

Strathbrock Place, Uphall

Strathbrock Castle is said to have occupied land on or near Strathbrock Place.

Thomson Court, etc. Uphall

The housing at Thomson Court, Grove, etc. was named after Dr Thomson, a former local doctor.

Westhall Gardens, Uphall

The housing at Westhall Gardens is west of Middleton Hall.

Wilson Terrace, Broxburn

Named after a former local councillor, Councillor Wilson.

Wyndford Avenue, Uphall

Takes its name from a farm which was a mile or so further north from Wyndford Avenue.

Uphall Cemetery Burials

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