Rameldry KTT S NO326064 1 373 130m
de villa de Ratmelrik’ 1294 PRO E101/331/1 [Ramelrike Stevenson, Documents i, 416; part of Cuparshire and Rathilletshire, paying annually to earl of Fife 26 s. 8 d.]
Rothmelry c.1320 SHS Misc. v, 7 [Duncan earl of Fife grants ‘the whole land of Rameldry’ (totam terram de Rothmelry) to John Monypenny]
Remelrye 1518 Fife Ct. Bk. 104
Ranelry 1541 RMS iii no. 2465 [see Drummy KTT]
Ramelry 1541 RMS iii no. 2471 [see Drummy KTT]
Ramelre 1541 RMS iii no. 2533 [see Drummy KTT]
Ramelry c.1560 s Purves 154 [?4]
Ramboy 1587 Assumption 14 [teind sheaves of St Andrews Priory]
Ramelie 1606 Retours (Fife) no. 170 [see Drummy KTT]
Ramelrie 1624 RMS viii no. 572 [see Drummy KTT]
terras de Rameldrie 1637 RMS ix no. 772 [to Alexander Seton (Seatoun), the lands of Rameldry with the mill and the coals; also the lands of Ballenkirk (Barnekirk) MAI, KWY]
Remeldry 1753 Roy sheet 18, 1
Rumeldrie 1775 Ainslie/Fife
Rameldrie 1793 RHP2581
Rameldry 1828 SGF [also Rameldry Mill]
Rameldry 1856 OS 6 inch 1st edn [also Rameldry Mill]
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‘Fort or rath of Maolrioc’? About 240 m east of the present farmsteading (NO32860648) the remains of a possible enclosure were picked up by aerial photography in 1983 (NMRS NO30NW 74). If subsequent field-work confirms this find, then it is probably the eponymous rath. If the specific is a personal name, it would contain the common personal name element Mael-, later Maol- + perhaps a name related to Rioc, which appears as the name of a follower of St Finnian of Moville in the early sixth century (see ES i, 7-8). Drumeldrie NBN may contain the same specific element.
A large estate, it has been divided into several farms, including Dams (of Rameldry) (Dams 1775 Ainslie/Fife), named after the dams on the Rameldry Burn which supply Rameldry Mill, and Hilton Hill Farm (Hillton Hill 1828 SGF; not shown on Ainslie/Fife). Parkwell, a now ruined house on the lands of Rameldry on the old road between Coalpitden and Dams, is so named on Ainslie/Fife (1775) and OS 6 inch (1856).
A 1767 ‘Plan of the Lands of Rameldry, Parkwell and Hilton-Hill, being part of estate of Caristone [Carriston MAI, KFX], property of George Seton Esq. (Surveyor, J. Dougall) (RHP23507), includes Coalpit Den (Colpy-Den); ‘an old Deaf Dyke’ (the march); Divan (Devon KTT); ‘The mill-burn’ (the march with Holekettle on the south-west); ‘the Mill of Caristone’ (Carriston MAI, KFX); and ‘The Damm’s Moss’. On Rameldry itself is marked ‘The Green Law’, described as ‘an ancient cairn’ (see also KTT Introduction).
Besides Rameldry, Rameldry Mill and Rameldry Burn, OS Pathf. also names Rameldry Den (near Rameldry, but not on the Rameldry Burn), and Rameldry Mill Bank.
/rəˈmɛldrɪ/, /raˈmɛldrɪ/, the d being always sounded.
This place-name appeared in printed volume 2