Blinkeerie CUS S NS970894 1 393 60m

Blakery 1540 x 1543 RMS iii no. 2869 [see CUS Introduction]
Blairkerie 1586 NAS C.2.36 part ii, no. 53 [ms of RMS v no. 1114, which has Blankerie. The name occurs twice in this charter, and in one occurrence the first element could just be Blan-, but it looks much more like Blair-. And the second instance in the same charter is clearly Blairkerie. The ir of Blair does look a bit like an n, so some copying error has occurred]
Blankerie 1586 RMS v no. 1114
(lands of) Blawkery 1587 Culross Chrs. 86 no. 87 [and half lands of Whitehills (Quhythillis), with meadows and mures adjacent, set in feu to Edward Sandis]
Blairkenny 1589 RMS v no. 1675 [Burrowine CUS and Blinkeerie (Burvane et Blairkenny); the ms (NAS C.2.37 part ii, no. 420) from which this has been printed has a strange repetition here: ‘Burvane et Blairkenny et Blairkennye cum singulis suis pertenen<tibus>’]
Blakery 1592 RMS v no. 2152 [to Robert Bruce of Blairhall]
Blarnekery 1609 RMS vii no. 9
Blawkerie 1634 RMS ix no. 134
Blankeirie 1642 RMS ix no. 1217
Blankerrie 1671 Retours (Perth) no. 824 [John Erskine (Areskine), the lands of Balgownie, with Wester Drum, the lands of Blinkeerie with half of Whitehills, the lands of Bads (Baid)]
Blinking 1753 Roy sheet 16, 1
Blenkelty 1783 Stobie
Blenkeerie 1866 OS 6 inch 1st edn.

? G blà + (? G an ) + ? G caora

‘Boundary-marker or level field of the sheep (G caora)’? There is too much variety in the early forms, which appear too late in the record, to be sure as to which elements underlie this name. However, the Blair- forms can be explained as copyists’ errors for *Blau or *Blan, with a followed by two minims being misread as ir. This misreading would be helped by the existence of the common place-name element Blair-. The forms with and without n may sometimes be explained by the frequent confusion of u and n (minim confusion). However, it is just as likely that it ultimately derives from parallel forms of this name which had existed from the G-speaking period with and without the medial definite article G an (‘the’).

For the element bl? ‘boundary–marker; lawn, level field’, see PNF 5, Elements Glossary.

/blɪnˈkirɪ/ or /blənˈkirɪ/

This place-name appeared in printed volume 1