Cowerrie

Cowerrie # KGH S NT2688 3

(land of) Tirveny 1329 x 1371 RMS i app. 2 no. 964 A [16th c. index]
terr<a> de Corwenny 1329 x 1371 RMS i app. 2 no. 998 A [16th c. index; lands of Balbarton (Balvrane) KGH, Corwenny, Pitkinnie (Petkenny) KGH]
(land of) Orkvenay 1329 x 1371 RMS i app. 2 no. 998 B [17th c. index; lands of Balbarton (Balbartane), Orkvenay, Pitkinnie (Petkenny) in shire of Kinghorne, with the commonty of Carewyne]
(with the commonty of) Carewyne 1329 x 1371 RMS i app. 2 no. 998 B [17th c. index; see preceding]
(land of) Torwenny 1329 x 1371 RMS i app. 2 no. 1072 A [16th c. index]
(land of) Corveny ... 1329 x 1371 RMS i app. 2 no. 1072 B [17th c. index]
(with the commonty of) Carewne 1329 x 1371 RMS i app. 2 no 1072 B [17th c. index; in shire of Kinghorne]
( 24 marcates of land of) Culwenny 1451 RMS ii no. 449 [in barony of Kingorn]
(land of) Trolbanyr 1538 RMS ii no. 1878 [in barony of Kingorne, one of the lands granted by King James V to Sir James Kirkcaldy of Grange on the forfeiture of Lyons of Glammis]
(land of) Torvane 1539 RMS iii no. 1989 [ditto]
(land of) Turlvany 1541 RMS iii no. 2272
(land of) Tarvane 1547 RMS iv no. 143
(lands of) Turlvany 1564 Retours (Fife) no. 54 [lands of William Kirkcaldy of Grange]
Cowerrie 1806 Sasines no. 7446 [Boswell of Balmuto, amongst others in the lands of Pitkennie KGH and Cowerrie, barony of Kinghorn]

The early forms of this problematic, probably Celtic, name are so variable that no etymology is possible. It is even unclear whether Carewyne etc. of 1329 × 1371 refers to the same place. It might in fact be Carden ADN, KGH (some early forms of which are Cardwane 1466 Dunf. Reg.no. 458, Cardwane 1483 RMS ii no. 1556, and Cardvane 1506 Dunf. Reg. no. 501). All the RMS i references are in favour of Henry Ramsay. It was later part of the lands of the Lyons of Glamis, and in 1541 was made part of the barony of Grange KGH. Cowerrie # is closely associated with Balbairdie, Balbarton and Pitkinnie, all KGH, especially Pitkinnie, so it is assumed to have been in the north-west corner of that parish. It is not to be confused with Torbain KDT, which lay in KXY, regality of Dunfermline (q.v.). Nor can it be Carwhinny KDT, which also lay in KXY.

This place-name appeared in printed volume 1