Balgeddie LSL S NO255027 1 373 135m SWF

Pitgeddy 1521 Fife Ct. Bk. 272
Balgedy 1539 RMS iii no. 1997 [George earl of Rothes to John White (Quhite) of Easter Lumbennie NBH ‘the lands and touns of Ballingall LSL and Balgeddie LSL, lying together in the barony of Leslie’ (terras et villas de Ballingall et Balgedy simul jacentes in baronia de Lesly)]
Petgeddie 1542 RMS iii no. 2809
Petgedde 1566 RMS iv no. 1747 [lands of ‘Ballingall and Balgeddie in the barony of Leslie’ (Ballingall et Petgedde in baronia de Leslie) to Andrew Wood of Largo]
Pitgeddy 1564 RMS iv no. 1546
Pittgeddie 1642 Retours (Fife) no. 619 [within the barony of Leslie]
Balgeddy 1654 Blaeu (Gordon) Fife
Balgiddie 1661 Retours (Fife) no. 895 [Anna, countess of Buccleuch, lands of Balgeddie (Balgiddie) and Cadham (Caddam), in the parish and barony of Leslie]
Pitgeddie 1663 RMS xi no. 441 col. 5 [to John earl of Rothes]
Pitgede 1682 Retours (Fife) no. 1205
Balgidie 1775 Ainslie/Fife
Balgeddie 1811 RHP3640

G pett and baile + G gead + ? – in

‘Farm of (the) strip(s) of arable land (G gead)’. The ending is probably the common locational suffix –in, which had been reduced to –ie/–y by around 1300.

    This is one of several Scottish place-names which show variation between Pit- and Bal-, a phenomenon discussed in Taylor 1997. It lies between two distinct clusters of names: the three Pit-names in the eastern part of the parish and barony (Pitkevy, Pitcairn and Pitcoudie), and the four Bal- names in the western part (Balgothrie, Ballingall, Balquhomrie and Balsillie). All these farms are strung out on the southern slopes of the Lomonds between 130 and 245 m. Note the existence of another Balgedie in neighbouring Portmoak parish KNR, FIF.


This place-name appeared in printed volume 2