Balkaithly DNO S NO547110 1 363 95m

Balekathelin 1202 x 1207 Barrow 1974 no. 4 [o.c.; part of lands of archdeacon of St Andrews misappropriated by Walter of Roxburgh junior, but re-acquired by Archdeacon Ranulf]
Balecatelyn c.1220 Terrier F [17/18th c. copy; belonging to bp and his men]
Balcaythly 1452 x 1480 RMS ii no. 1444 [St Andrews Church land]
Balkethly 1654 Blaeu (Gordon) Fife
(lands of) Balkeathlie 1698 Retours (Fife) no. 1408 [James Corstorphine of Nydie SSL, lands of Balkaithly with part of the said lands called Primrose (Prymrowhill) DNO]
Balkaithly 1745 Dunino Kirk Session Records fo 401r
Pitkethly 1753 Roy sheet 19, 5
Bakethly mill 1753 Roy sheet 19, 5
Balcaithlie Mill 1775 Ainslie/Fife
Balkethly 1790s OSA, 260
Balcaithly 1827 Ainslie/East Fife
Upper Balcaithly 1828 SGF [‘Ruins’]
Balkaithly 1855 OS 6 inch1st edn

G baile + pn Cathal + – in

‘(Place of) Cathal’s farm’, with the loc. suffix –in; or less likely ‘Cathalan’s farm’, with the diminutive form Cathalan (see Watson 1926, 409). Cathal is a man’s name. Compare also Pitcaithly PER, Pethkathilin c.1230, which contains the same name. See Black 1946 s.n. and Jackson 1972, 49.

Roy’s Pitkethly (1753) is an example of generic element substitution, whereby common unstressed place-name elements can replace each other without any regard to historical forms (for further discussion, see Taylor 1997).


This place-name appeared in printed volume 3