Pitkinny ADN S NT196967 2 115m

? Pitrennis 1445 x 1476 Pitfirrane Writs no. 728 [transumpt of Dec. 1476 of special service dated 5 Oct. 1445 of John of Kinninmonth (Kynninmont) to Sir James of Kinninmonth (Kinninmont), knight, his father, in the lands of Pitcairn (Pitkarn) ADN, Colquhally (Coquhellis) ADN, ? Pitkinny (Pitrennis) ADN and Urquhart (Urquhard) DFL, RHX]
Petkenny 1458 RMS ii no. 638 [to David Boswell of Balmuto, part of the barony of Glassmount KGH]
Petkynny 1476 ADA 52 [o.c.; see ADN Introduction above]
Petkenny 1476 RMS ii no. 1233
Petkenny 1493 RMS ii no. 2142
Litill Petkenny 1505 RSS i no. 1074
Petcany 1531 RMS iii no. 980
Litill Petcanye 1531 RMS iii no. 980
Pitkenny 1540 RMS iii no. 2106
Pitkenny 1581 Retours (Fife) no. 1465 [to James Colwill]
Picktney 1654 Blaeu (Pont) West Fife [? = North Pitkinny]
Pithenny 1654 Blaeu (Pont) West Fife [? = South Pitkinny]
N. Pittkeny 1654 Blaeu (Gordon) Fife
S. Pittkeny 1654 Blaeu (Gordon) Fife
Pittkenie c.1750 RHP1022
Pitkeny 1753 Roy sheet 17, 5
W. Pittkeny 1753 Roy sheet 17, 5
North Pickinny 1775 Ainslie/Fife
South Pickinny 1775 Ainslie/Fife
North Pitkinnie 1828 SGF
South Pitkinnie 1828 SGF
North Pitkinny 1899 OS 1 inch 2nd edn.
South Pitkinny 1899 OS 1 inch 2nd edn.

G pett + ? G ceann + ? G – in

‘Estate at the end (of some administrative or physical feature)’. It is usually explained as containing Cináed or Coinnich, the Gaelic personal names which have fallen together in Scots and English as Kenneth (Watson 1926, 409; Whittington 1976, 104; [55] see also Jackson 1972, 50–1). It would appear to share the same etymology as Pitkinnie KGH. Neither of these has forms earlier than the fourteenth century, but there is a lost estate-name near St Andrews SSL, Petkynnin (1189 × 1195 RRS ii no. 347) and Petkennin (1199 St A. Lib. 318), which can hardly contain either of the personal names in question, and, had it survived, would have developed into *Pitkinny or *Pitkenny. Both Pitkinnie KGH and Pitkinny ADN march with the boundaries of their respective shires.

The only surviving Pitkinny is North Pitkinny, which see for the divisions of these lands.


This place-name appeared in printed volume 1