Pitkinnie KGH S NT210896 1 395 125m NEF

Petkeny c.1340 x 1360 RMS i app. 2 no. 964 A and B [16th and 17th c. indexes; to Henry Ramsay]
Petkenny c.1340 x 1360 RMS i app. 2 no. 998 A and B [16th and 17th c. indexes; to Henry Ramsay]
Pytcany 1538 RMS iii no. 1878
Petkennye 1539 RMS iii no. 1989
Pitkeny 1564 Retours (Fife) no. 54 [William Kirkcaldy of Grange]
Pittanie 1593 Retours (Fife) no. 1516
Pitkeny 1654 Blaeu (Gordon) Fife
Pittkeny 1753 Roy sheet 17, 5
Pitkinny 1775 Ainslie/Fife
Pitkennie 1806 Sasines no. 7446

G pett + ? G ceann + ? –in

? ‘End estate place, estate at the end (of some administrative or physical feature)’. It is usually explained as containing Cináed or Coinnich, the G personal names which have fallen together in Sc and English as Kenneth (Watson 1926, 409; Whittington 1976, 104; see also Jackson 1972, 50–1). It would appear to share the same etymology as Pitkinny ADN. Neither of these has forms earlier than the fourteenth century, but there is a lost estate-name near St Andrews SSL, Petkynnin (1189 × 1195 RRS ii no. 347) and Petkennin (1199 St A. Lib. 318), which, had it survived, would almost certainly have developed into *Pitkinny or *Pitkenny. Both Pitkinnie KGH and Pitkinny ADN march with the boundaries of their respective shires.


This place-name appeared in printed volume 1