Clevitch NBH ABE S NO228157 1 362 180m

    Clevitch 1856 OS 6 inch 1st edn

Angus Watson suggests that this means ‘sword-land’, i.e. land gained by force of arms, containing G claidheamh (OG claideb) ‘sword’ (1995, 41); see also Watson 1926, 110, 206; and Elements Glossary, PNF 5, s.v. This analysis is based on that of Clevage, Dunning PER, also in the Ochils, about twenty km west of Clevitch (Cletheues 1211 × 1214 Lind. Cart. no. 42; Clevege c.1480 Laing 1876, 413), with which Clevitch would seem to be identical. Given that there is no record of Clevitch before the 1850s, it is possible that it was  transferred relatively recently from the older Clevage. If, on the other hand, Clevitch is as early a coining as Clevage, together the names may mark out a single early territorial unit comprising the central part of the Ochils.

    At the formation of the parish of Newburgh in 1633, Clevitch remained in a detached part of Abdie, and was not transferred to NBH until 1891.


This place-name appeared in printed volume 4