Kilgourieknowe FAL S NO264067 1 373 95m
Goldy Knows 1775 Ainslie/Fife
Kilgourie-Know 1793 Sasines no. 3658 [‘Henry Storror of Kilgourie-Know is seised in 3 acres of land called Barnglass on the north side of the Lommonds of Falkland, parish of Falkland’]
Kilgourie Knoll 1815 RHP489
Kilgoorie Knoll 1818 RHP23511
lands of Kilgourieknow 1821 Falkland Plan/1821
Kilgourie Knoll 1827 Ainslie/East Fife
Kilgourieknow 1828 SGF
Kilgourieknowe 1856 OS 6 inch 1st edn [also shows Kilgourie at NO266068]
? Sc * guldie + Sc knowe
‘Knowe or small hill where corn marigold grows, infested with corn marigold’? This assumes that the first element is an otherwise unrecorded adjective form Sc guil, older guld(e), guild(e) (DOST) ‘corn marigold’, a pernicous weed: in the later medieval and early modern period it was a finable offence to have it on one’s land. It may have been adapted to Kilgourie, a local name derived from Kilgour, the old name of Falkland parish, in an attempt to disassociate the name from its pejorative roots.
Alternatively, but less likely, it may derive from Sc gowdie (goldie, gooldie) (CSD) ‘goldfinch’.
There was a Gouldy Know marked on RHP2148 (1805, on the farm of Easter Kellie CBE), which appears to contain the same elements.
There is a place called Kilgour Head associated with nearby Newton of Falkland in 1794. It is unclear what relationship, if any, this place has with Kilgourieknowe.
The nearby house of Kilgourie shown on OS 6 inch (1855) at NO266068, now gone, probably derived its name from Kilgourieknowe.
This place-name appeared in printed volume 2