Few Place-Names and their Meaning
(Au.) Brit./Pict. aber - mouth or confluence & Brit./Pict.
rhudd faen - red rock. Ruthven Water, 'red rock water', joins
the R. Earn here.
Amulree (Cr.) G. Ath Maolruibhe - Ford of Maolrubha, one of St
Columba's monks around 650AD
Artney, Glen (L.E.) G. airtein - pebble, 'Glen of the Pebbles'
Auchelchanzie (Cr.) Brit. uchil - height & Chanice - Kenneth,
'Height of King Kenneth', see Local History
Auchterarder G. uachdar ard dodhar - 'upland of the high stream'.
Auchtertyre (Cr.) G. uachdar tire - 'upper section of the land',
sometimes as Ochtertyre
Balloch (Cr.) G. bealach - 'a gap, a pass'
Chonzie, Ben G. beinn - mountain & Choinneach - Kenneth, 'King
Comrie G. comar - 'confluence'.
Crieff G. craobh - 'among trees'.
Culcrieff G. cul - back of, 'back of the trees'
Cultoquhey (Cr.) G. coillte a' Che - 'woods of Ce', Ce was one
of the seven sons from whom the Pictish race was said to descend.
Dollerie (Cr.) G. doilleir - 'at the dark (place)'
Drummond (Cr.) G. dromainn - 'ridge', Strathearn family name,
Drummond Castle. The family probably took their name from Drymen
Dundurn (L.E.) G. dun - hill & duirn - fist, 'hill of the
Dunning G. dunan - 'little fort'
Earn In any area river place names are the oldest often outdating
any known language. Earn is pre-Celtic. Possibly the name of an
ancient godessess. Could have same root as Eireann - Ireland.
Fillan's, St. Abbot on Holy Loch. Died 777.
Fowlis Wester (Cr.) G. folais - 'small stream'
Gask (Dunning) G. gasc - 'nook or hollow'.
Gilmerton (Cr.) G. gille - servant & Mhaire - Mary, 'servants
of Mary's town'
Gleneagles G. gleann n' eaglaise - 'glen of the church'.
Greenloaning (Au.) Sc. loaning - lane, 'green lane'
Highlandman's Loan (Cr.) Sc. loan - 'Highlandman's lane', on the
road the Highlanders took south.
Hosh (Cr.) G. cois - 'the foot', at the foot of Glen Turret.
Innerpeffray (Cr.) Peffer is an ancient word associated with rivers(see
Earn). G. inbhir - confluence.
Kinkell Bridge (Au.) G. ceann - promontory or seat & G. ceall
Madderty (Cr.) G. meadair - wooden bowl, 'wooden bowl of Ethernan',
a saint to whom a church was dedicated. Died among the Picts in
Monzie (Cr.) G. moine - moor & iodh - corn, 'moor of the corn',
upland arable farmland.
Muthill Old Sc. mot - meeting, 'meeting hill' OR G.
maothail - 'soft ground'.
Pitkellony (Mu.) Pict. pit - farm, possible because to newcomers
these were the sites of Pictish farms. G. Coilinne - plenty, 'Good
Strathearn 'Valley of the River Earn', see Earn.
Strowan (Co.) G. sruthan - 'small stream'
Tippertreoch (Cr.) G. tiobar - well & G. treabhach - ploughman,
'the ploughman's well'
Tullibardine (Au.) G. tulach - hill & G. bardainn - warning,
'look out hill'.
Vorlich,Ben Uncertain, possibly G. mhuirlaich - kingfisher, 'Ben
of the kingfisher', possible ancient and unknown.