Pitteuchar KGL S NT280995 1 385 90m

(one carucate of land) Petioker c.1150 Dunf. Reg. no. 2
Petioker 1154 x 1159 RRS i no. 118 [= Dunf. Reg. no. 35]
Petioker c.1166 RRS ii no. 30 [= Dunf. Reg. no. 50]
Petyukuy’ 1325 x 1350 NLS Adv. ms. 34.1.3a, fo. 38r [printed Dunf. Reg. no. 325, which has Petinkyr’]
Petyukir 1325 x 1350 NLS Adv. ms. 34.1.3a, fo. 38v [printed Dunf. Reg. no. 329, which has petynkir]
Petyukyr 1325 x 1350 NLS Adv. ms. 34.1.3a, fo. 38v [printed Dunf. Reg. no. 330, which has petynkyr]
Pethyockyr 1325 x 1350 NLS Adv. ms. 34.1.3a, fo. 38v [printed Dunf. Reg. no. 331]
Petyhochir’ 1448 Dunf. Reg. no. 424 (p. 308) [see Ardeny # KGL above]
Pitzothar 1535 Dunf. Reg. Ct. Bk. 125 [David Boswell for Pitzothar]
Pittich 1654 Blaeu (Pont) West Fife
E. Pittyochar 1654 Blaeu (Gordon) Fife
W. Pittyochar 1654 Blaeu (Gordon) Fife
Peetyocher 1753 Roy sheet 18, 1
Pittuchar 1775 Ainslie/Fife
East Pitteuchar 1828 SGF
West Pitteuchar 1828 SGF

G pett + G eochair

‘Brim or edge farm’. According to Watson (1926, 492), eochair can mean ‘bank, edge (of river, loch etc.)’, and is now obsolete in Gaelic, though Dwelly lists it as current. DIL under eochair, ochair records the meanings ‘rim, edge, border, boundary, limit’. The south march of Pitteuchar is, it is true, formed by the Lochty Burn, however it is more likely that the specific refers to the position of this estate on the edge of the administrative unit which by the early twelfth century had become known as Goatmilkshire (see KGL Introduction above).

Pitteuchar is an example of a Pit- place-name estimated at a carucate of land in the first half of the twelfth century. It was royal land, and must have been given to the church of Dunfermline by David I between about 1128 and 1150, as it is only mentioned in the second of the general royal confirmation charters to that church.

The NGR is for the centre of the Pitteuchar as shown on OS Pathf., where it is a housing estate which is part of Glenrothes New Town. OS 6 inch 1st edn. shows West Pitteuchar at NT281991 East Pitteuchar at NT284992 to the south-east of this area.

Note that in PNF 1 under this name was included Petocyr’ 1323 Dunf. Reg. no. 364. I have since established that this is Pitottar # ANR (PNF 3), and should read Petotyr’.

Note also the mention of a place called the *Yochry Den(le ʒochry den), on the march between the lands of Auchmuty MAI and Goatmilkshire KGL, mentioned in a charter of 1466 (Dunf. Reg. no. 458). Lying as it does in the south-east corner of the lands of Auchmuty, it must be very close to the lands of Pitteuchar KGL, and may well be connected with the second element of that name. See Auchmuty MAI (PNF 2) for more details.

/pɪˈtʃuxər/ or /pɪˈtʃʌxər/

This place-name appeared in printed volume 1