Arraty Burn

Arraty Burn ~ FAL W NO253082 1 373 50m

Arraty-Den 1602 RMS vi no. 1349 [part of boundary of the *Muirs of Falkland (moris de Falkland)]
Arraty Den 1815 RHP489
Arraty Den 1818 RHP12830/2

This name appears too late in the record for anything but a tentative etymology to be offered. It may contain G eireachd ‘assembly, meeting’ (OIr airecht),[62] ending a suffix such as –in, ‘place of’ (if originally referring to a place) or ‘burn of’ (if to a water-course). For place-names containing this element, see Watson 1926, 439, 491 and Barrow 1981, 11–12, 21–2. However, a word related to OIr arrachta ‘strong, vigorous, bold’, should also be considered: this would aptly suit a fast-flowing burn such as the Arraty, which falls down the steep north side of the Lomonds.

    A comparative name is Arrat, Duns ANG, between Montrose and Brechin. There was a hospital and chapel of Mary Magdalene here, recorded as Arrot 1435, Errot 1435, Arrot 1456 (Brechin Reg. App. no. 25; and nos. 46, 87). This may be the origin of Richard Arrath, who held land in Balnamoon (Balnamon), Menmuir ANG, north-west of Brechin (c.1264 ER i, 26).

    Besides Arraty Burn OS Pathf. also shows Arraty Den and Arraty Craigs; the burn defines the southern and eastern side of the old kirkyard at Kilgour, which is situated at the confluence of the Arraty Burn and of a small burn flowing from the south-east. The Arraty Burn is also known as the Den Burn in 1757 (Falkland Plan/1757), at least where it ran through the small, steep-sided valley (den) between what is now Chancefield and Pillars of Hercules. The above NGR is of the point where the Arraty Burn meets the Maspie Burn to become the Falkland Burn. Blaeu (Pont) East Fife shows a B<urn(e) of> Deir which appears to correspond to the Arraty Burn, for which see FAL Introduction.


This place-name appeared in printed volume 2