Pitsoulie

Pitsoulie TOB S NT001877 1 394 20m WEF

Pitsoullies Eister & Wester 1621 RMS viii no. 256
Pitsowlies Eister & Wester 1630 RMS ix no. 460
Pitt Suly 1654 Blaeu (Gordon) Fife [marked on the coast, east of Torry]
Pitfoullies Eister and Wester 1654 RMS x no. 328
Pitfoulies Easter and Wester 1664 RMS xi no. 747 [note that the printed version erroneously has comma after Pitfoulies]
Pitfoules 1698 Retours (Fife) no. 1399
Pitscotie 1783 Stobie
Easter Pitsoulie 1788 Sasines no. 1986
Easter Pitsonlie 1799 Sasines no. 5484 [clearly misreading u as n]
Pitsoulie 1856 OS 6 inch 1st edn.

G pett + ? G sabhal + ? – in

? ‘Barn-estate (place)’. The specific, if indeed it is G sabhal ‘barn’, is found for example in Rintoul (ruighe an t-sabhail ‘slope or shieling of the barn’) Orwell KNR, Saline FIF and Tomintoul (tom an t-sabhail ‘hillock of the barn’) BNF. It may also occur in Pittensoil # BEA, DFL. The –s ending of many of the seventeenth-century forms represents the Sc plural ending, arising from the division of the estate into easter and wester parts. The later forms with f are obviously the result of a misreading of long s. Unfortunately it is this erroneous form (taken from Retours (Fife) no. 1399) whch is the one etymologised by Watson 1926, 413.

OS Pathf. marks two sites as Pitsoulie, NGR NT001877 and NT006878. At the latter there are the remains of some very old buildings, including a rectangular structure c.12 m by 6 m with rounded corners, as well as a more recent brick-built barn or store-house. Nothing is marked here on Ainslie/Fife (1775), SGF (1828), or OS 6 inch 1st edn. The burn which is immediately to the north of Pitsoulie, and which has been put underground at this point, possibly in connection with coal-mining activity, is called the Boys Burn on OS 6 inch 1st edn. (1856). It forms the boundary between TOB and CUS, which until 1891 was also the boundary between FIF and a detached part of PER.

The name does not appear at all on Ainslie/Fife (1775), SGF (1828) or OS 1 inch 7th Series. On OS 6 inch 1st edn. (1856) Pitsoulie is marked at NT001877, which is why this NGR is chosen for the head-name, in preference to the other given by OS Patfh.

/pɪtˈsulɪ/

This place-name appeared in printed volume 1