Carmore

Carmore SLO S NO148092 1 372 180m NWF

    Carmore 1494 RMS ii no. 2226 [see Balcanquhal SLO]
    Carmore 1517 Fife Ct. Bk. 60
    Carmore 1517 Fife Ct. Bk. 62
    Carmore 1527 RMS iii no. 454 [see Balcanquhal SLO]
    Carimoir 1624 Retours (Fife) no. 342 [Walter of Balcanquhal]
    Carmoar 1828 SGF
    Carmore 1856 OS 6 inch 1st edn
    Carmore Burn 1856 OS 6 inch 1st edn

? + G mòr

‘Big ?’; while the second element is clearly G mòr ‘big’, the first element is open to a variety of interpretations. It may be G *cair (borrowed from a similar Pictish word), meaning ‘fort’; see for example Craigsanquhar LEU, above). However, there is now no sign of such a feature in the vicinity. Angus Watson, in his discussion of this name, suggests G càrr ‘moss or bog’,[384] ‘perhaps with reference to the flattish stretch of land North East of the present dwelling’ (1995, 39). Dwelly also has càrr (f.) (gen. càrra) ‘itch, mange, any crustaceous roughness on the skin’; but also ‘rocky shelf, projecting part of a rock’.[385] W. J. Watson spells this carr, without the length-mark, but with the very similar meaning of ‘rock ledge, projecting rock’ (1926, 366). Whatever the first element, it is probably shared by nearby Corrinzion SLO.

    It gives its name to the Carmore Burn, shown on OS Pathf., which (since 1891) has formed the boundary between FIF and PER.

This place-name appeared in printed volume 4