Blakelyhill

Blakelyhill KCQ S NO470076 1 374 170m SOF

Blakelyhill 1855 OS 6 inch 1st edn

? pn Blakely or ? en Blakely + Sc or SSE hill

The first element may be a variant of the surname Blackley, for which see Black 1946, s.n. Alternatively it may represent an existing place-name deriving from Sc black (also blake or blaik etc) ‘black’ + Sc lea ‘tilled ground now pasture, open grassland’. If so, then it might be named from the fact that it was once surrounded by coal pits (see CBE Introduction, Coal-Mining, above; it is also shown on an old mining map (1914) at Fife Museum Services H.Q., County Buildings, Cupar, 1998).[165]

In OS Name Book (early 1850s) the eponymous hill is named Blakely Hill, and described as ‘a small hill the surface of which is arable land. On its summit is a Trig. Station, called by Trig. Party Blakely’, while Blakelyhill is described as ‘a small farm house and offices in good repair, having a farm of land attached, occupied by Mr (or Mrs?) Simson, the property of Mr Dundas’ (23, 8). Blakely Hill lies beside the farm-house, to the north-east, but does not appear on any OS map, the reason being given as follows: ‘This name rejected for the hill as it will be enough to have it to [sic] the house’ (loc. cit.). The trig. point has now gone.

On Ainslie/Fife (1775) there is a W<ind> Mill marked on or very close to Blakely Hill, with Coal Pitts close by (see KCQ Ainslie/Fife Map, above).

Blakelyhill farm-house is now known as Ballochty House (with the stress on the second syllable).[166] The origin of this name is uncertain, but it can be compared with the field-name Beloughty on Chesterstone farm LAR (q.v.).

The farm-steading has now been demolished to make way for a housing development.

This place-name appeared in printed volume 3