Torry Hill

Torry Hill ABO R NT205867 1 395 175m

Cannyhillis 1574 Inchcolm Chrs. p. 219 [grouped with Dalachy (Deachy) and Humbie; probably a transcription error for Tarryhillis]
Calyhillis 1574 Inchcolm Chrs. p. 220 [grouped with Dalachy (Dachy) and Humbie, part of Regent Morton’s lands; probably a transcription error for Talyhillis]
Tarre Hillis 1601 Inchcolm Chrs. p. 223 [‘the manes (Mains) of Aberdoure, Humbie, Duchie (Dalachy), Tarre Hillis’]
lie Tarriehillis 1630 RMS viii no. 1690
Toriehills 1656 RMS xi no. 506 col. 1 [Dalachy (Dalchie) and Toriehills]
Torryhills c.1750 RHP1022 [lands and settlement]
Toryhills 1828 SGF [settlement]
Torryhills 1851 Census [settlement; see Dalachy ABO above]
Torry Hill 1856 OS 6 inch 1st edn. [relief feature]

en Torry + Sc hill

The name Torry is from G tòrr ‘(conical) hill’, probably, as is the case with Torry TOB, with the locational suffix -in, so ‘place of or at the tòrr’. The settlement, which is marked but not named on OS 6 inch 1st edn. (NT206869), lay surrounded by small, steeply rising hills which gave rise not only to the G name, but also to the later Sc plural hillis. The form *Talyhillis is best explained as arising from the assimilation of r to l due to following l, a common enough phenomenon.

Between Torryhills (settlement) and Balram ABO, and shared by both, lay Tollymyre # (Tellemyre 1543 RMS iii no. 2927, in which Balram had common pasture, Tollymyre c.1750 RHP1022). The first element may be a form of the same name Torry as appears in Torryhills, showing not assimilation but its counterpart dissimilation (for which see also under Lumphinnans BGY). It may also be related to Telny, which is listed in the 1377 Rental of the lands of (Easter) Aberdour (Morton Reg. i p. lxiv).

This place-name appeared in printed volume 1