Monturpie

Monturpie NBN S NO433038 1 374 85m SOF

terris de Montripple 1542 NAS C2/28 no. 305 [printed as such RMS iii no. 2691, probably for Montrippie; associated with Lahill (Halhill) NBN]
Manturpe c.1560 s Assumption 24 [rental of Dunfermline Abbey]
Mandurpe 1561 Dunf. Reg. 428 [see NBN Introduction, Newburnshire]
(lands of) Monturpe 1563 RMS iv no. 1477 [see NBN Introduction, Newburnshire, footnote]
Monturpie 1596 Retours (Fife) no. 1530 [Alexander Wood (Wod) of Lambieletham (Lambelethame) CMN, lands of Monturpie; 3rd of lands of Melgum (Melgum) and Lawgreens (Lawgreins) NBN]
Monturpie 1625 Retours (Fife) no. 352 [David Simpson (Sympsoun), lands of Monturpie, and 3rd of lands of Melgum and Lawgreens (Lawgrennes) NBN]
Monturpie 1667 Retours (Fife) no. 1017 [David Simpson (Symsone), the lands of Monturpie; see Melgum NBN]
Monturpy 1753 Roy sheet 18, 1
Mounturvie 1775 Ainslie/Fife
Mounturpie 1827 Ainslie/East Fife
Monturpie 1828 SGF
Monturpie 1855 OS 6 inch 1st edn

? G monadh + ?

The first element is probably the common G word monadh ‘hill, area of rough grazing’, appropriate enough given its position on the lower southern flank of Largo Law and Craig Rock (Lahill Craig). Watson 1926, 403 quotes this (in its sixteenth-century form Montripple) as another example of a monadh-name, wrongly stating, however, that the name is now obsolete. The second element is obscure. It is not even clear what its initial letter is. Assuming that the dental stop (/t/ or /d/) represents the final dental of the first element (monadh), we could be dealing with a word beginning with /u/. However, this might be a result of metathesis, since the earliest form is Montripple (probably for Montrippie). The second element may, therefore, begin with r. Until earlier forms of this name are identified, there is little point in further speculation.

    /mənˈtʌrpɪ/ or /mɔnˈtʌrpɪ/

This place-name appeared in printed volume 2