Lochty ~ ADN/BGY/KDT/KGL/MAI W NT304983 1 385 40m

Moneloccadhan c.1050 St A. Lib. 114 [see Boglochty ADN]
rivulum sive torrentem de Lochty 1395 St A. Lib. 3 [‘the little river or burn of Lochty’]
the wattyr off Louchty early 15 th c. St A. Lib. 1 [part of the marches of Kirkness, Portmoak KNR. For full text, see The Place-Names of Fife Vol. 1, 135-6]
Lochtie Burn 1654 Blaeu (Pont) West Fife
Lochty fl. 1654 Blaeu (Gordon) Fife [fl is probably fluvius, rather than flumen, as in his Glotta Fluvius for the Clyde]
Lochty 1753 Roy sheet 18, 1 [also Bridge of Lochty]
Lochty Water 1775 Ainslie/Fife

? G loch or ? G lóch + ?

‘Black or shining one’? Adomnán mentions a stream ‘which in Latin can be called Nigra Dea’, and elsewhere Stagnum Loch Deae, ‘the loch of the black goddess’,[22] and appears to be referring to the River Lochy and Loch Lochy INV. Watson (1926, 50) suggests that this name appears in several Scottish rivers, including the Lochty in Fife. However, in a recent article Jacob King has argued convincingly that Adomnán’s interpretation is open to doubt, and that the first element is as likely to be lóch ‘shining, bright’, while the second element is more likely to be a suffix (OIr –de or –dae), denoting quality, kind, origin, material etc. (King, forthcoming).[23]

It is now referred to as the Lochty Burn (OS Pathf.). The name is also found in Boglochty # ADN, through which the Lochty Burn once flowed, as well as in Lochtyside, Lochty Farm and *Inverlochty (now Spittall) MAI, all near the mouth of the Lochty, where it joins the Ore.


This place-name appeared in printed volume 1