Balquhy

Balquhy # CER S NO410110 2

? Baletath c.1220 Terrier E [17/18th c. copy; held by the Culdees; perhaps for *Balecath or *Balecach]
de tota terra de Balqwy 1365 RMS i no. 205 [in the hands of the Wingate (Ovyot) family; see CER Introduction, Divided Lands]
Baloluy 1406 x 1420 RMS i app. 2 no. 1964 A [16th c. index; for *Balqhuy or similar; to William Scott Craighall (Cragueny) CER, ?Callange (Collothy) CER, Balquhy #, Ceres (Sereis)]
Balquhy 1510 RMS ii no. 3427 [to Sir William Scott of Balwearie KDT; see Ceres CER]
Balquhie 1579 Retours (Fife) no. 1456 [James Scott of Balwearie (Balwerie) KDT]
Balquhy 1643 RMS ix no. 1356
terras de Balquhy 1662 Retours (Fife) no. 914 [Thomas Hope of Craighall, among the lands of Ceres (Seres) united in the barony of Craighall]

G baile + ? G cuithe

No suggestion for the second element of this name was offered in PNF 2, s.n.. However, after publication, Dàibhidh Grannd suggested G cuithe (an early loan-word from Latin puteus), OG cuithe f., gen. sing. cuithi. The basic meaning is ‘pit’, but it developed a variety of other meanings such as ‘trap for animals; dungeon, prison; well, pool, whirlpool’ (DIL). Dwelly has G cuithe f., pl. cuthachan ‘trench, pit; deep, moist place; wreath of snow’.[18]

    This is almost certainly the old name for part of those lands now occupied by Craighall and Craighall Mains CER.

This place-name appeared in printed volume 2