Pitlunie

Pitlunie # LEU S NO445217 2

    cum duabus Pehtlumnes 1183 x 1187 St A. Lib. 287 [‘with two Pitlunies’; granted with Leuchars church to St Andrews Priory; see p. 478, above]
    Petlo<n>y 1306 x 1329 RMS i app. 2 no. 488 B [17th c. index; printed Petlouy; to John (of) Wemyss; see LEU Intro., Lordship and Baronies]
    Petlowny 1390 x 1406 RMS i app. 2 no. 1734 B [17th c. index; to John (of) Wemyss; see LEU Intro., Lordship and Baronies]
    Pitlunie Hill 1785 RHP1684
    Pitlunahill 1790 Sasines no. 2476 [barony of Leuchars Ramsay or L. Forbes]

G pett + ?

While the first element is the frequently-occurring G pett ‘farm, land-holding’, the second element is more opaque. If the earliest form can be relied upon, it may contain OG lumman (f.), gen. sing. luimne, ‘cloak, (protecting) mantle’ (adjective luimnech ‘cloaked, mantled’); or a word connected with Pictish *lumon ‘beacon’, for which see Lomond (PNF 2, Linear Features). The ending –es of the earliest form is probably a Sc plural, since it occurs in the phrase ‘with the two Pitlunies’ (cum duabus Pehtlumnes). From the name’s later development, however, it is probable that the earlier ending was –in, the common locational suffix meaning ‘place of’ (see also Pitlethie LEU, above).

    The NGR is derived from the 1785 estate plan RHP1684, which shows that Pitlunie Hill is the northern part of Milton. The hill itself is where Leuchars war memorial now stands (NO445217).

This place-name appeared in printed volume 4