Clockloy

New Abbey, KCB

Elements: G clach ‘a stone, a rock’; G clòidh ‘paddock, small enclosure of grassland’; G cladh ‘burying place, mound, dyke, trench’; G liath ‘grey’

  • 40 solidatas terrarium antiqui extentus de Kinhervie et Clokcloy 1612 RMS 7 728
  • 40 solidat. terrarium antiqui extentus de Kynhervy et Clokloy, in baronia de Lochkendero 1617 RMS 7 1740
  • 40 sol. terrarium de Clockloy et Kinhervie 1633 RMS 8 2225

The first element of this name appears to be Gaelic clach ‘stone, rock’. The second could perhaps be clòidh ‘paddock’ or cladh ‘trench’. The name is apparently preserved in Clocklee Stone, recorded on Joseph Udny’s 1793 Plan of the Lands of Kinharvie. Clocklee itself looks like it is formed from Gaelic clach and liath ‘grey’ or laogh ‘calf’, which appears as the second element in Barlay. Despite ‘grey stone’ being a fitting name, and one paralleled in the nearby Big Gray Stone, I think the three entries listed above with -loy make it less likely than clòidh, cladh or laogh. If the first element of Clockloy is indeed Gaelic clach ‘stone’, it is possible that the Clocklee Stone might be the referent of that name.

This entry is still in draft and has yet to be proofed. There are links to the sources of historical forms of the name, where spellings can be checked.