Pitkierie KRY S NO570069 1 60m

Johanne de Pethkerin 1198 St A. Lib. 40 [John of Pitkierie, w.]
Johannede Petkeri 1202 x 1211 St A. Lib. 397 [w.]
Johanne de Petkeri 1198 x 1211 St A. Lib. 349 [w.; approximate date]
? Bernardo de Beckery 1238 x 1240 Barrow 1974 no. 6 [w.; Barrow (1974, 32) suggests that Beckery might be Pitkierie; but see also Barclarie # CLT as another possibility]
dominus Ricardus dictus de Pethkery 1264 St A. Lib. [‘sir Richard called of Pitkierie’, canon of St Andrews Priory]
William de Petkery 1296 Inst. Pub. 145 [does homage to Edward I along with others from the county of Fife
Pettcory 1329 x 1371 RMS i app. 2 no. 1365 A [16th c. index; Margaret Moubray to William Wishart]
Pitkery 1329 x 1371 RMS i app. 2 no. 1365 B [17th c. index; Margaret Moubray to William Wishart]
(lands of) Petkery 1511 RMS ii no. 3590 [to John Oliphant of Kellie (Kelly); see Kellie CBE]
Petclery 1542 RMS iii no. 2798 [in a list of lands relating to Kellie CBE]
Pitkirrie 1560 Retours (Fife) no. 43 [in the barony of Kellie]
Pitkerie 1605 Retours (Fife) no. 158 [in the barony of Kellie]
Petkeiry 1607 RMS vi no. 1841 [in the barony of Kellie]
Pitkeiry 1642 Gordon MS Fife [omitted from Blaeu (Gordon) Fife]
? Pitruiv 1654 Blaeu (Pont) East Fife
Pitkeirie 1667 Retours (Fife) no. 1008 [James Beaton, the vill and lands of Pitkierie in the parish of Kilrenny (Kilrynnie)]
Pitkyrie 1684 Adair/East Fife
Pitkierie 1753 Roy sheet 19, 5
Pitkeiry 1775 Ainslie/Fife [now West Pitkierie]
Pitkeirie 1813 Sasines no. 9850 [Andrew Scott, with various lands in CBE, ‘3 acres and 70½ roods of arable land of the lands of Pitkeirie, being parts of the Barony of Balhouffie; and parts of Boniehall [207] called the Crooks and Wellflatt with a piece of ground intended for a road’]

G pett + ? G * cair or ? G ciar ‘dark’ or ? G caor(a) + – in

‘(Place of the) farm or land-holding (pett) of (the) fort (*cair)’? For *cair as a loan-word from Pictish attested only in place-names, see for example Dunnikier and Balwearie KDT (PNF 1), and Crail and Carmury # ELI, above. Alternatively the second element may derive from G ciar ‘dark’, so ‘place of the dark pett’, perhaps referring to the soil or to some aspect of the original buildings: it can scarcely apply to a lack of light, given the lands of Pitkierie’s open, south-east aspect. A third possibility is that it contains G caora ‘sheep’ (gen. caorach), as was tentatively proposed for Inchkiery KGH (PNF 1). Whatever this second element, it is probably shared by Balkeerie, Eassie and Nevay ANG (Balkery 1528 RMS iii no. 625, Balkery 1547 RMS iv no. 128). The suffix is the ubiquitous locational –in ‘place of, place at’.

In the sixteenth century it is in the barony Kellie CBE, and is listed with other CBE lands. See Kellie CBE for more details.

The above NGR is of OS Pathf. West Pitkierie. OS Pathf. also shows East Pitkierie and Pitkierie Garage.


This place-name appeared in printed volume 3