Monethy # S
(Master John of) Monedy 1285 Newbattle Registrum no. 59 [rector of the schools (of St Andrews) w.; see Watt, Graduates, 488 (3)]
de terra de Monethy 1294 Stevenson, Documents i no. 317 (p. 409) [23 s. 4 d. from land of Monethy, which is in the king’s hand through death of Master John Scott, ‘late tenant of that place’ (quondam tenentis ejusdem); see preceding]
de terra de Monethy 1295 Stevenson, Documents i no. 319 (p. 414) [23 s. 4 d. ‘from the land of Monethy, which has reverted to earl’s use’ (que reversa est in usu comitis) by death of Master John Scott, late tenant of that place]
de terra de Monedy 1295 Stevenson, Documents i no. 320 (p. 417) [part of the earl of Fife’s lands in the shire of Strathmiglo, paying yearly rent of 46 s. 8 d.]
(Little) Monechy 1328 x 1332 Fraser, Wemyss ii no. 163 [Earl Duncan of Fife confirms to Sir Michael of Wemyss son of late Sir David all the earl’s land of (Little) Monechy which is called Monechy Easter, free from suit of court. Fraser, Wemyss i p. 32 calls it Monethy (with Monechy in brackets)]
? G monadh + ? – in or ? G mòine + ?
‘(Place of or by) a hill, muir or rough grazing (monadh)’? This analysis must remain tentative since no later forms exist, and it is not at all clear where the stress lay. If it lay on the second element, the first element may be G mòine ‘moss, peat-bog’. A very similar name, Monedie, Marnoch BNF (NJ604525, by Aberchirder) (terras de Monedy 1511 RMS ii no. 3659) probably contains G mòine. It also bears some resemblance to Moneydie, a parish north of Perth, Dunkeld diocese, which contains Strathord, also earl of Fife land (see SLO Intro., Earls and Monks, above).
It was clearly a land-holding of some importance, and seems to have lain in that part of Strathmiglo in the hands of the earl of Fife. It is puzzling that no record of it has been found later than the fourteenth century.
This place-name appeared in printed volume 4