Cairneyhill

Cairneyhill CNK S NT046863 1 394 45m

? Cairn hill 1753 Roy sheet 17, 5 [the name on the map is hard to read]
Cairniehill 1775 Ainslie/Fife
Cairney-hill 1790s OSA 123
Cairniehill 1828 SGF

Sc cairnie + Sc hill

‘Rocky hill’. In OSA it is mentioned as one of the two principal villages of the parish of Carnock, the other being Carnock itself. It is described as ‘pleasantly situated ... upon the great road leading from Dunfermline to Torryburn, Culross, Alloa and Stirling’. It lay on the lands of Pitdinnie (OSA 123–4). It is shown as a ribbon village on Ainslie/Fife (1775).

The land on the north side of the main road and of the Torry Burn as it flows past Cairneyhill (now built up) is named Drummormie on OS 6 inch 1st edn. (1856). This has survived today in Drummormie Road, Cairneyhill. It would appear to be a G name containing G druim ‘ridge’, but in the absence of earlier forms I would not like to hazard a guess as to the second element. On the same map the land on the south side of the main road is called Brandy Riggs, with Brandy Well beside them. Both these names have survived today in the Cairneyhill street-names Brandy Riggs and Brandy Wells.

/ˈkernɪ hɪl/ or /ˌkernɪˈhɪl/

This place-name appeared in printed volume 1