Pitlessie

Pitlessie CLT S NO334097 1 373 40m

(Patrick of) Petglassin 1231 Dunf. Reg. no. 192
(Patrick of) Petglassyn 1235 x 1264 SHR ii p.174 no. 4
(Patrick of) Petglassin 1235 x 1264 SHR ii p.174 no. 5
(Patrick of) Pe<t>glassi 1238 x 1240 Barrow 1974 no. 6 [w.; the two MSS (both from Canterbury) have Perglassi]
(Patrick of) Petglassin c.1240 x c.1240 x 1250 St A. Lib. 279
Edwardo de Pethglassyne c.1250 Lind. Cart. no. 140 [w.]
(Edward of) Pethglassyn 1277 Dunf. Reg. no. 81
(Patrick of) Pedglassy 1296 Inst. Pub. 157
(lands of) Petlassy 1386 Fraser, Wemyss ii no. 15 [o.c.]
Petglassy 1386 Fraser, Wemyss ii no. 15 [o.c.]
(all the lands of) Petglassy 1406 RMS i no. 887 [to Alexander of Ramornie (Ramorgny) KTT]
terras et baroniam de Petlessy 1541 RMS iii no. 2256 [to John lord Lindsay of Byres, lands throughout Scotland including ‘lands and barony of Pitlessie with their mills, the lands of Hilton CLT and Bunzion CLT, Dennyhogles CLT’ (cum molendinis earundem, terras de Hiltoune et Bynzeane, Dwnyhaggillis)]
villam de Pitlessie 1541 RMS iii no. 2256 [town of Pitlessie created a free burgh of barony; see CLT Introduction]
(barony of) Pitlessie c.1560 s Purves 154 [?4]
(lands and barony of) Pitlessie 1602 Retours (Fife) no. 112 [to John lord Lindsay of Byres]
Pittlassey 1642 Gordon MS Fife
Pittlessy mill 1642 Gordon MS Fife
Pitlessey 1654 Blaeu (Gordon) Fife
Pitlessie 1672 Retours (Fife) no. 1114 [William Keir, the sunny half of the lands and barony of Pitlessie (and) the shady half of the lands and barony of Pitlessie, redeemable for a payment of ?16,000]
Pitlessie 1753 Roy sheet 18, 1
Pitlessie 1775 Ainslie/Fife
Pitlessie 1828 SGF
Pitlessie 1856 OS 6 inch 1st edn

G pett + ? G glais or ? G glas + - in

‘(Place of) the farm (pett) of the burn’ or ‘(place of) the green pett’. The former is more likely, with the eponymous burn (G glais) the one which flows through the middle of Pitlessie to fall into the Eden at NO333098, immediately to the north of the village. If the latter, it contains G glas ‘green’, which in a place-name context probably refers to good grazing land. The name *Balglassie, Perth PER (Baleglassin 1157 × 1160 RRS i no. 157) probably contains the same specific, while Kinglassie KGL (PNF 1) and SSL (PNF 3) may refer to a person.

    This is one of the few Pit-names in Scotland which has developed into a village. It was even created a burgh of barony in 1541 (see also CLT Introduction above). In the mid-nineteenth century it was held by George Heggie Esquire, who was one of three landowners in the parish. It was presumably he, or one of his kin, who gave their name to Heggies Muir Wood CLS (PNF 4), formerly a detached part of CLT, land belonging to Pitlessie (NSA ix, 567).

    Pitlessie marches with another Pit-name, Pitrachnie #, which, however, lies in neighbouring KTT.

    /pɪtˈlɛsɪ/

This place-name appeared in printed volume 2