Pitcorthie DFL S NT109862 1 394 65m

Petcorthin 1128 David I Chrs. no. 33 [= Dunf. Reg. no. 1]
Pettecorthin c.1150 Dunf. Reg. no. 2
Petcorthin 1154 x 1159 RRS i no. 118 [= Dunf. Reg. no. 35]
Petcorthin 1163 Dunf. Reg. no. 237
Pethcorthin c.1166 RRS ii no. 30 [= Dunf. Reg. no. 50]
Petcorthin 1227 Dunf. Reg. no. 74
Petcorthin 1277 Dunf. Reg. no. 81
Petcorthy 1451 Dunf. Reg. no. 434
Pitcorthy 1531 Dunf. Reg. Ct. Bk. 43 [action pursued by Charles Dennestone against the tenants of Pitcorthy, Est Bernys, Wyndmyllhill and Hoillcriste]
Pitcorthies 1561 Dunf. Reg. p. 425
E Pittcorthy 1642 Gordon MS Fife
W. Pittcorthy 1642 Gordon MS Fife
E. Pitcorthie 1654 Blaeu (Gordon) Fife
W. Pitcorthie 1654 Blaeu (Gordon) Fife
Er Pitcorthie 1753 Roy sheet 17, 5
Wr Pitcorthie 1753 Roy sheet 17, 5
E Pitcorthy 1775 Ainslie/Fife
W Pitcorthy 1775 Ainslie/Fife
Easter Pitcorthie 1856 OS 6 inch 1st edn
Wester Pitcorthie 1856 OS 6 inch 1st edn

G pett + G coirthe + - in

‘(Place of the) estate of (the) pillar- or standing stone’. The eponymous standing stone is still there, just north of the site of Easter Pitcorthie Farm. Both Easter and Wester Pitcorthie have now disappeared beneath suburban development, with Pitcorthie now referring to the suburb. It was one of the estates gifted to the monastery of Dunfermline by King Malcolm III and Queen Margaret.[141]

From the position of Easter and Wester Pitcorthie on earlier OS maps (at NT113860 and NT107858 respectively), it is clear that the lands of Pitcorthie lay immediately south and south-east of those of Pitbauchlie, and immediately north and north-west of those of Pitreavie.

There are another two places called Pitcorthie in Fife, one in CBE, the other in KRY, both of which have their eponymous standing stones in situ.

The stone of Pitcorthie has also given rise to the modern local street-name Standing Stone Walk.


This place-name appeared in printed volume 1