Pitcorthie KRY S NO5707 2 SEF

dimediam carucatam terre in Pethcorthyn 1153 x 1165 Camb. Reg. no. 192 [16th c. copy; for dating, see CRA Introduction, Lands and Burgh. Countess Ada the Queen-Mother grants to the church of St Mary of Stirling (Cambuskenneth Abbey) a full toft in my burgh of Crail and ‘a half carucate of land in Pitcorthie with reasonable common grazing’ (cum communi rationabili pastura) in free and perpetual alms]
(half a carucate of land in) Petcorthim 1165 x 1171 RRS ii no. 99 [ = Camb. Reg. no. 175 (16th c. copy), which has Petcorthun. Petcorthim for Petcorthin; royal confirmation charter of Camb. Reg. no. 192; dated by death of w. Nicholas the chancellor in 1171]
(half a carucate of land in) Petcorthi 1165 x 1172 Dryb. Lib. no. 16 [16th c. copy; rubric]
(half a carucate of land in) Pechortyne 1165 x 1172 Dryb. Lib. no. 16 [16th c. copy; see KRY Introduction]
(half a carucate of land in) Petchorthin 1165 x 1172 RRS ii no. 89 [= Dryb. Lib. no. 17 (16th c. copy); see KRY Introduction]
dimidiam carucatam terre in Petcortyn 1165 x 1178 Dryb. Lib. no. 235 [16th c. copy; Bishop Richard’s confirmation]
Pethcorthyn 1195 Camb. Reg. no. 25, p. 44 [16th c. copy; papal confirmation of ‘half a carucate of land with common grazing in Pitcorthie’ (dimediam [sic] carucatam terre cum communi pastura in Pethcorthyn)]
dimidiam carucatam terre in Petcorthyn 1196 Dryb. Lib. no. 250 [papal confirmation]
in territorio de Petcorthyn in Scotia 1196 x 1229 Dryb. Lib. no. 161 [16th c. copy; land held ‘in the territory of Pitcorthie in Scotia’ by St Leonard’s Hospital, Ednam ROX; see KRY Introduction, The Later Medieval Church]
Petcorthny 1229 Dryb. Lib. no. 251 [see KRY Introduction, The Later Medieval Church]
terram de Petcorthin 1235 NLS8487 [o.c.]
(half a carucate of land in) Petcorthy c.1300 Dryb. Lib. no. 291 [16th c. copy; see Kilrenny]
Pitgorthie 1359 x 1458 RMS ii no. 610 col. 3 [Haddington part; see Frithfield KRY for details]
terris de Eister Pitcorthie 1548 Retours (Fife) no. 18 [to Alexander Inglis]
Petcorthy c.1560 s Assumption, 177 [‘mails and annuals’ paid to Haddington Priory, 16 merks 8 s.]
Eister Pitcorthy 1580 x 1592 RMS v no. 2206 [Alexander Inglis sells the lands of East Pitcorthie in the parish of Kilrenny (Kilrynny) to his son John Inglis of Tarvit (Tarvatt) and his wife Elizabeth Carnegie; to be held of the prioress and convent of Haddington; see also *Inglistarvit CER, TVX, PNF 2]
the twa pairt landis of Pitarthie Wester 1615 x 1626 Dryb. Lib. p. 368 [2 3rds]]
Easter Pitcorthie 1619 RMS vii no. 1983 [John Scott of Scotstarvit, the toun and lands of East Pitcorthie]
tua pairt landis of Pitcorthie 1630 Dryb. Lib. p. 381 [i.e. ‘two thirds’, rented to John Scott of Scotstarvit (Scottistarvett)]
Eister Pitcorthie 1631 RMS viii no. 1826 [to John Scott]
Wester Pitcorthie 1631 RMS viii no. 1826 [to John Scott, both their two-thirds (binam partem, i.e. ‘the tua-pairt’ of 1630) once held by Dryburgh Abbey and ‘the third’ (tertiam partem) once held by Cambuskenneth Abbey]
Pitcorthie Westire 1634 Dryb. Lib. p. 390 [belonging to Sir John Scott]
Pitcorthie 1637 Retours (Fife) no. 547 [David Erskine in the lordship and barony of Cardross (Cardrois) PER, including lands which once belonged to the abbacy of Inchmahome [205] (Inschmahomo) PER and the abbacy of Dryburgh, especially the lands of Pitcorthie and Innergellie (Innergellie) KRY]
E. Pittcorthy 1642 Gordon MS Fife
Eister Pitcorthie 1650 Retours (Fife) no. 1584 [James Scott of Scotstarvit (Scottistarvatt) CER, TVX, the lands of East Pitcorthie and other lands united in the barony of Scotstarvit]
Wester Pitcorthie c.1650 Retours (Fife) no. 1584 [in barony of Scotstarvit]
E. Pitcorthy 1654 Blaeu (Gordon) Fife
W. Pitcorthy 1654 Blaeu (Gordon) Fife
E. Pitcorthy 1775 Ainslie/Fife
W. Pitcorthy 1775 Ainslie/Fife

G pett + G coirthe + – in

‘(Place of the) farm of (the) standing stone’. The eponymous standing stone lies between East and West Pitcorthies, at NO572071.[206]

At least some of the lands of Pitcorthie were divided between the abbeys of Cambuskenneth and Dryburgh (see RRS ii nos. 99, 89). Each got half a carucate, with Dryburgh also receiving extra land in an exchange with the hospital of St Leonard’s, Ednam ROX (see KRY Introduction, The Later Medieval Church). This probably accounts for the inequality of the respective holdings of Dryburgh and Cambuskenneth in West Pitcorthie evidenced, for example, in 1631 in RMS viii no. 1826, which shows that Dryburgh had held two thirds (binam partem) of the lands, and Cambuskenneth one third (tertiam partem).

In neighbouring CBE is another Pitcorthie (also divided into Easter and Wester), where a standing stone also survives.


This place-name appeared in printed volume 3