Dunnimonkshill

Dunnimonkshill # SLO S NO222107 1 60m

?   Dundinny 1592 RMS v no. 2202 [see under Dundinny SLO?, above]
    Dinny Muckhill 1775 Ainslie/Fife
    Dinniemonkshill 1781 Sasines no. 29
    Dunniemonkshill 1811 Sasines no. 9054 [‘5 acres of land commonly called the Acres of Dunniemonkshill’]
    Dunniesmonkshill 1811 Sasines no. 9054
    Dunima hill 1823 Small 1823, 59 [‘the house and steading ... being called Dun, or Dunimax hill, very little corrupted from the name originally given it, Dun Pax Hill’; one of Rev. Small’s imaginative place-name interpretations]
    Dennismonks Hill 1828 SGF
    Dunnimonkshill 1856 OS 6 inch 1st edn

en *Dunamuck + Sc hill

This analysis, very tentatively suggested since the first occurrence of the name is so late, implies a formation of the present name in a Scots-speaking environment, but using an existing name which may contain ? G dùn or dùnadh ‘fort, (fortified) hill’ + ? G muc ‘pig’. If the second element is indeed G muc, it has been assimilated to Sc muck, and then ‘improved’ to Sc or SSE monk.

    All trace of the steading shown on nineteenth-century maps has disappeared. The more exact NGR is NO2225 1072. The name survives only in fragmentary form in the name of the nearby bridge carrying the road over the now disused railway, which is known locally as ‘The Dunny Brig’.

    See also Dundinny # SLO?, above, for the tentative suggestion that it is an early form of this name.

This place-name appeared in printed volume 4