? Pictish *cēt + ?
Meaning of the Word: Kitattie
The first element is probably Pictish *cēt wood(land). It is not clear what the second (specific) element is, but the final element would appear to be the common loc. ending –in.
History of the Lands of Kitattie
The title-deeds of Parkknowe farm (belonging to Mr D. and Mrs A. Kennedy, 2000, and farmed by the Kennedy family since 1944), mention the present-day farm of Parkknowe as consisting of the lands of Parkknowe and Easter Kitattie. It can be assumed that the latter occupied the western part of the lands of present-day Parkknowe, while Parkknowe itself seems originally to have formed part of the lands of Airdit LEU. Mr Kennedy confirmed that none of the older people in the locality were familiar with the name Kitattie.
It is often associated with the lands of Craigsanquhar in the historical record, but the ‘alias’, which first appears in 1625, is almost certainly a mistake. It seems, however, that at least part of Kitattie (the western part) became part of the Craigsanquhar lands. Also Ainslie’s Kirrity (1775) is very near Craigsanquhar, while Craigsanquhar is not shown.
A patch of scrubby woodland now called Black Wood (OS Pathf. NO401194) may mark the site of Easter Kitattie (JMH).
Records on the Lands of Kitattie
- Kethethin 1207 St A. Lib. 86 [1 of vills owing teinds of wheat to Leuchars kirk]
- Kectethin 1240 St A. Lib. 164 [1 of vills owing garbal teinds to Leuchars kirk]
- Ketidy 1380 x 1396 RMS ii no. 187 [confirmed 1431; see Craigsanquhar LEU]
- dimedietatem terre de Kittidy 1512 RMS ii no. 3715 [half of land of Kitattie and Craigsanquhar LEU; part of barony of Kinnear KLM, q.v.]
- Kyttady 1517 Fife Ct. Bk. 252 [Kitattie and Craigsanquhar (Cragsunquhar) LEU; third of Drummond of Kinnear lands]
- Kyttady 1543 Retours (Fife) no. 2 [John Kinnear, half Kitattie and Craigsanquhar (Craigsunquhar)]
- Kittade 1548 Retours (Fife) no. 8 [James Spens of Lathallan, 3 quarters of lands of Lathallan and half of lands of Kitattie and Craigsanquhar]
- Kattely c.1560 s Assumption, 13 [error for Kattety]
- Kettety c.1560 s Assumption, 20
- Kittadie 1596 Retours (Fife) no. 1527 [Arthur Spens, three quarters of lands of Lathallan, and half of lands of Kitattie and Craigsanquhar (Craig-Sunquhair)]
- Kittedy 1606 Retours (Fife) no. 166 [Alexander Spence, lands of Lathallan and half of lands of Kitattie and Craigsanquhar (Craigsonquhair)]
- Kittattie 1609 Retours (Fife) no. 1309 [Robert Boggie, son of Robert Boggie of Kinneston (Kinnastone), Portmoak KNR, FIF half of lands of Kitattie and Craigsanquhar (Craig-Senchar)]
- Kiltadie 1622 Retours (Fife) no. 323 [David Kinnear of that ilk, half of lands of Kitattie and Craigsanquhar (Craigsunquher)]
- Kittitie 1622 RMS viii no. 370 [William Bruce, half of lands of Kitattie alias Craigsanquhar (Craigsanquhare), in barony of Kinnear]
- Kittitie 1625 RMS viii no. 819 [William Bruce, half of lands of Kitattie ‘alias Craigsunquhair’]
- Kittadye 1627 Retours (Fife) no. 391 [Lindsay; see Craigsanquhar]
- Kittedie 1643 RMS ix no. 1459 [half of lands of Kitattie and Craigsanquhar]
- Kittadie alias Craigsunquhar 1643 Retours (Fife) no. 648 [Andrew Bruce of Earlshall in i.a. the lands of Kitattie alias Craigsanquhar extending to half of ‘Kitattie and Craigsanquhar’ (Kittadie et Craigsunquhar) in barony of Kinnear KLM; note confusion in relation of the two names]
- Kittetie 1654 Blaeu (Gordon) Fife
- Kitti<d>ie 1674 Retours (Fife) no. 1137 [half of lands of Kitattie alias Craigsanquhar (Craigsunkar); twice]
- Kirrity 1775 Ainslie/Fife [by Craigsanquhar]
- Kitattie x 2000 Title-Deeds of Parkknowe farm
Source: This place-name appeared in printed volume 4 in the Fife Place-name Data Project.