Tuilyies TOB O NT029865 1 394 35m

Tuilie Park 1788 Torry Estate Map
Tollzies 1790s OSA 784 [‘evidently a corruption of the Scotch word Tulzie, which signifies a fight’]
Taillie 1820 Sasines no. 13297 [Andrew Moffat Wellwood of Garvock]
Tuilzies 1853 x 1856 OS Name Book 127, 34 [also Tuilzies Park]
Tuilyies 1856 OS 6 inch 1st edn.

? Sc tailzie or Sc tuilzie

The word tailzie refers to tax or duty paid on succession to land, and also the settlement of heritable property on an heir or line of heirs (DSL). However there may be a good case for accepting the argument of OSA above that it is from Sc tulzie (DSL tuylie, etc. meaning ‘fight, struggle, combat etc.’). That is not to say that this explains the character or purpose of these standing stones in any way, but it reflects the perception of them in the late eighteenth century (and probably earlier), a perception which was current in the nineteenth century also, when the OS 6 inch 1st edn. map recorded them as the ‘supposed memorial of a combat’.

On OS Pathf ‘Standing Stone and Stones’ are marked, the stones in question bearing cup-mark carvings (NMRS NT08 NW 3). To the south OS Pathf. marks Tuilyies Park (as a field-name).


This place-name appeared in printed volume 1