The Gauldry

The Gauldry BMO FGN S NO376238 1 351 105m

    Galuraw 1200 x 1225 C. A. Rent. i, 342 [17th c. copy by James Balfour [86] of later medieval abbreviation of register of Coupar Angus (now lost); John de Hay grants a toft in the territory of Naughton (Adnachtan) BMO, viz Galuraw, and a fish trap (yare) on the Tay, to the Cistercian monks of Coupar Angus, for the soul of his wife, Juliana de Lascelles (Lascelis)]
    (land of; vill of) Galurau 1328 x 1332 NLS Adv. MS 34.5.3 fo 18v [= Balm Lib. no. 51; wrongly printed as Galuran, an example of the common misreading of n for u; belonging to John Hay of Naughton]
    Garlaw 1504 RSS i no. 1013
    (land of) Galraw 1529 RMS iii no. 848
    (lands of) Gelraw 1563 Laing Chrs. no. 763 [in barony of Naughton]
    Galray 1599 St A. Tests. 30
    (land of) Galra 1601 RMS vi no. 1217 [in barony of Naughton, q.v.]
    Galraye 1607 Retours (Fife) no. 181 [a toft called Smiddieland in Gauldry]
    Galra 1654 Blaeu (Pont) East Fife
    Gallery 1654 Blaeu (Gordon) Fife
    Gallery 1775 Ainslie/Fife
    Gallery 1828 SGF
    the village of Galdry 1845 NSA ix, 578
    Gauldry 1855 OS 6 inch 1st edn

Sc gallow + Sc raw

‘Row (of houses) leading up to the gallows’. The gallows of the barony of Naughton stood on Gallowhill (q.v.), which lay due east of the Gauldry. According to Campbell, the form Galdrie etc, with intrusive d, first appears in Kirk Session books in the middle of the eighteenth century; also that old people in the village until the late nineteenth century left out the d in pronunciation (Campbell 1899, 195f). A similar development of intrusive d can be seen in Gauldry near Coupar Angus, formerly Gallowraw. Locally the Balmerino place is always referred to as The Gauldry, and the definite article has recently been included on the road-signs at the entrance to the village.


This place-name appeared in printed volume 4