Origins of the name Craigieburn

J. L. Clohesy & C. Keitel

The origin of the name Craigieburn possibly means 'rocky creek' coming from the Gaelic 'creige' meaning crag, rock of cliff and 'burn' meaning water but generally referring to a creek and credit the Scottish settlers with the naming of the suburb after a place of that name in Dumfriesshire, Scotland. 

Taken from the website Scottish Names in Melbourne: Craigieburn is described as (Falkirk and Dumfries & Galloway) and goes on to say 'the Melbourne suburb took its name from an old bluestone inn, which had been named after the village or hill in Dumfries-shire east of Moffat on the A708'.

 The earliest occurrence so far found in the use of the name was in the Port Phillip Electoral Roll 1848 - 49 and Daniel McKenzie held a freehold property at "Craigie Burn near Merri Creek" probably the "Craigie Burn" used to distinguish the Merri Creek in our area from other areas.  The Broadmeadows Rate Books called the area Craigieburn from as early as 1863.  The Craigieburn Post Office was officially opened on the 26th February 1866 and the area was officially known then by the name Craigieburn, although it had possibly been called this name by the local residents for many years prior to this, as we see in Daniel McKenzie's case.

By 1866 the Craigie Burns Hotel or Inn as it was known, from which Craigieburn had reputedly taken its name from, had already been standing for some 21 years. The hotel is marked on a 1846 Geological Survey Map and is noted as 'The Craigie Burns Hotel'.

It is not known who exactly named Craigieburn and exactly when.  The name comes from a Scottish town in Dumfriesshire which is celebrated by the poem by the famous poet Robert Burns.

"Sweet closes the evening on Craigie-burn-wood and blythely awakens tomorrow"

Often people associated a name to differentiate the route taken on a journey and possibly the description could have been..."near to the Craigie Burns Hotel" or "..the Craigie Burns Hotel route..".  Over a number of years the name became associated with the area and in a natural progression had grown to be known as Craigieburn, the name we know today.

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