Craigiemalcolm

Craigiemalcolm BGY R NT177971 1

Craigiemalcolm 1856 OS 6 inch 1st edn

Sc craigie + pn Malcolm

Sc craigie is a diminutive of Sc craig ‘crag, rocky outcrop’. Malcolmis the surname of a well-known local family (for details of whom, see Millar 1895 ii, 90–1). Apart from Craigiemalcolm, their name is commemorated in Malcolm Street, Ballingry.

The feature is described by the OS Name Book as follows: ‘A small rocky knoll, on the farm of Kirkland, named after one of the proprietors. On its summit is a Trig. Station’ (8, 23); also as: ‘A small rocky pasture knoll on the farm of Kirkland named after one of the Malcolm family formerly of Lochore’ (5, 42).

Edward Henderson (1990, s.n.) is mistaken in connecting this name with Moncloccaham (correctly Moneloccodhan St A. Lib. 114), which is in fact an early form of Boglochty (see PNF 1, 98).

The name survives in the local street-name Craigiemalcolm Path. The feature itself is the small, tree-covered knowe on the Ballingry Primary School playing fields.

This place-name appeared in printed volume 1