Baldutho

Baldutho CBE S NO504065 2 140m

Baldotho 1471 ADA p. 18
Balldutho 1511 RMS ii no. 3590 [to John Oliphant of Kellie][53]
Bandotho 1517 Fife Ct. Bk. 397 [17th c. copy; perhaps misreading ll as the two minims of n; Bandotho and Bellistoun, one pound’]
Baldutho 1560 Retours (Fife) no. 43 [to Peter Oliphant (Olyphant), in the barony of Kellie]
Baalduff 1642 Gordon MS Fife
Bilduster 1654 Blaeu (Pont) East Fife [apparently confusing Baldutho with Baldastard LAR, which this map shows as Baldasurd]
Bale-duff 1654 Blaeu (Gordon) Fife
Balduthie 1775 Ainslie/Fife
Balduthie 1827 Ainslie/East Fife
N. Baldutho 1828 SGF
S. Baldutho 1828 SGF
Balduthie 1841 RHP2152
North Baldutho 1855 OS 6 inch 1st edn
South Baldutho 1855 OS 6 inch 1st edn

G baile + G pn Dubhthach

‘Dubhthach’s estate or farm’. The male personal name is found in various place-names through Scotland. It was also the name of the (probably eleventh-century) saint culted in Tain, Easter Ross ROS, giving rise to that town being known in Gaelic as Baile Dhubhthaich (see Watson 1926, 283–4). There is, however, no reason to assume that this Baldutho (Baile Dhubhthaich) in Fife has anything to do with Dubhthach’s cult.

The name appears on OS Pathf. as South Baldutho (NO504065), North Baldutho (NO498073) and Baldutho Craig. From maps such as Ainslie/Fife (1775) South Baldutho appears to have been the older, unaffixed Baldutho, and it therefore supplies the above NGR. Roy (1753, sheet 18, 1) shows Craighead (also Ainslie/Fife, Craig Head) in a position suggesting that it may refer to OS Pathf. Baldutho Craig.

/bəlˈdʌθo/, locally /bəlˈdʌθo/ and /bəˈdʌθɪ/[54]

This place-name appeared in printed volume 3