Collairnie DBG S NO304172 1 362 75m EAF
Culerny 1249 Arb. Lib. i no. 236 [one of touns (villarum) of Dunbog, q.v.]
(William de Barclay lord of) Colerny 1407 St A. Lib. 6 [Berkley]
(William de Barclay lord of) Colerny 1411 St A. Lib. 19 [rubric; Berkley]
(William de Barclay lord of) Covlerny 1411 St A. Lib. 19 [Berkley]
(William de Barclay lord of) Colerny 1411 St A. Lib. 19 [Berkley]
(David de Barclay of) Cullerny 1454 SAUL MS 37490 no. 6 [James II confirms him in the lands of Carskerdo (Glaskerdow) CER; not in RMS]
(lands of) Cullerny 1510 RMS ii no. 3524 [to David Barclay of Collairnie (Cullerny) DBG the lands of Collairnie; see Ballinbreich FLK for more details]
Culerny 1518 Fife Ct. Bk. 127
apud Cullerny 1527 RMS iii no. 496 [charter dated at Collairnie]
Cullerny 1540 RMS iii no. 2149 [to David Barclay of Collairnie various Fife lands with Collairnie with fortalice and messuage, in free barony of Collairnie]
Coularny Cast<le> 1590 x 1599 Pont MS 54B
(barony of) Cullernie 1616 Retours (Fife) no. 256 [David Barclay of Collairnie (Cullernie), son of Master David Barclay of Collairnie (Cullerny)]
Kullernie 1654 Blaeu (Pont) East Fife
Cullarny 1654 Blaeu (Gordon) Fife
Carskeirdo 1654 Blaeu (Gordon) Fife
(barony of) Cullerny 1656 Retours (Fife) no. 860 [Robert Barclay]
Collarnie 1775 Ainslie/Fife [‘Capt. Barklay’; also shows Collarniehill, a settlement, = OS Pathf. Collairnie Hill]
G cùl + en Fernie?
There are various ways of analysing this place-name, perhaps the most convincing being ‘(at the) back (cùl) of Fernie’, an estate in MML less than 2 km to the south, though not (now) contiguous. If the second element is an appellative or common noun, then the first element is as likely to be G cùil ‘corner, neuk’, with the second element from the same G word as Fernie i.e. feàrna ‘alder’, with lenited f and the addition of a locational suffix ‘(place of) a corner full of alder’; or possibly ‘at the back of an alder-place (i.e. place full of alder)’.
Another possibility for the second element is that it contains G àirne ‘sloe’; see W. J. Watson’s discussion of Balerno MLO, the second element of which he would derive from this element (1926, 143). See also Radernie CMN (PNF 3).
It was one of the three estates comprising the lands of Dunbog in the mid-thirteenth century (see p. 338, above).
Members of the Barclay family held the lands of Collairnie from at least 1350 (ESC 232). Lawrie reports that ‘in 1747 the Barclay family was represented by a lady, Antonia Barclay of Cullerney, who married one of her name, Mr Harry Barclay; they got £215 as compensation for the abolition of the office of Hereditary Bailie in the Regality of Lindores’ (ESC 233). The Barclays eventually sold the estate to Balfour of Fernie.
The NGR is of Collairnie Castle (ruin), at the modern farm of Collairnie.
/kə'lernɪ/ or /kʌ'lernɪ/
This place-name appeared in printed volume 4