Clatchard ABE R NO243176 1

    Clatchar 1722 Geog. Coll. i, 304–4 [‘on the east of the hill <Black Cairn Hill NBH> is a rock of a considerable hight called Clatchar on the top of which the Picts of old had a great strength’]
    Clatchart-Crag 1790s OSA, 9
    the craig of Clachard 1876 Laing 1876, 7ff
    Clatchard Crag 1845 NSA ix, 51
    Clatchard Craig 1856 OS 6 inch 1st edn [‘fort (remains of)’ on summit]

G clach + àrd

‘High stone’. This was a 27 metre-high rock stack at the north-west end of the Den of Lindores, which was blown up in 1846 to make way for the railway. Laing gives a vivid description of this event, as well as Thomas the Rhymer’s alleged prophecy regarding it, adding that it was known latterly as ‘The High Post’ (1876, 15). It gave its name to Clatchard Craig, the hill beside it, on which there stood the impressive hill-fort of that name, excavations on which have proved that it was occupied in post-Roman times. It can therefore be assumed to have been a Pictish stronghold. For a summary of these excavations see Close-Brooks 1986 and 1987. Unfortunately most of Clatchard Craig, with its hill-fort, has been quarried out of existence, the name appearing on the OS Pathf. map ominously as Clatchard Craig Quarry. Either the Craig, or Clatchard itself, has given its name to Craig Mill ABE immediately below it.

/ˈklatʃard kreg/ or /ˈklatʃərd kreg/

This place-name appeared in printed volume 4