Pitadro IKG S NT144854 2

Pethathera<c>he 1329 x 1371 RMS i app. 2 no. 1119 A [16th c. index; to David of Annan (Annandia) the lands of Inverkeithing (Inuerkethin), Pethatherathe]
Petta<t>herache 1329 x 1371 RMS i app. 2 no. 1119 B [17th c. index; printed Pettacherache]
Pittatre<c>h 1390 x 1406 RMS i app. 2 no. 1879 A [16th c. index; printed Pittatreth]
Peta<t>hruch 1390 x 1406 RMS i app. 2 no. 1879 B [17th c. index; to John Melvill the lands of Petachruch in the barony of Inverkeithing, which Henry Ramsay forfeited]
(William Echling of) Pettadro 1457 Dunf. Reg. no. 452
(James Echlyne of) Pettadro 1504 Dunf. Recs. {144} & {145}
Petadro 1511 RMS ii no. 3558
Pettandro 1539 St A. Rent. 46
Petcalder 1539 RMS iii no. 1934
Pettawdro 1542 RMS iii no. 2668
Pettadrow 1654 Blaeu (Pont) West Fife
Pittadro 1654 Blaeu (Gordon) Fife
Pittadro mill 1654 Blaeu (Gordon) Fife [near or at Caldside q.v.]
Pitathory 1756 RHP3800 [also ‘The North Fields of Pitathory, Pitathory Bank, Pitathory Miln’]
Pitadro 1775 Ainslie/Fife
Pitadro Houses 1796 RHP3818
Pitadro Craigs Plantation 1856 OS 6 inch 1st edn. [also Pitadro Cottages]

G pett + ? G atharrach or ? G tàthair

Estate of (the) stranger(s) or alien(s)’ (G atharrach), or ‘estate of (the) cementer(s) or joiner(s)’ (G t?thair). In respect of the last, and perhaps even of the first, of these suggested etymologies, it should be noted that the neighbouring estate of Mastertown DFL, which was probably originally contiguous to the estate of Pitadro, was named after the cementarius or mason Master Ailric, who held it at some time before 1153 (see Mastertown DFL).

Compare also Craignathro, Forfar parish ANG, which appears as Crachnatharach c.1162 (RRS i no. 195).

The above NGR is supplied by the site of Pitathory 1756 RHP3800 and Pitadro Houses 1796 RHP3818. This seems also to be the site of Pitadro on Ainslie/Fife (1775). The 1756 plan shows The North Fields of Pitathory, Pitathory Bank, Pitathory Miln (on the 1796 plan North Fields of Pitadro, Pitadro Bank and Pitadro Mill). For the original large extent of Pitadro, see Newton of Pitadro # above.

The name survives in the OS Pathf. relief feature Pitadro Craigs NT141860.


This place-name appeared in printed volume 1