The old Cultoquhey demolished in the 19th Century
Many of our Scottish place names pose problems not only for visitors but indeed for native Scots ! When I was married a long time ago I settled down in the small town of Milngavie north of Glasgow . Milngavie is pronounced Mil- guy as Kirkcaldy is pronounced Kirk- caw – di and our delightful Strathearn village of Muthill is pronounced Mewth- ill !
Now that brings me to the subject of this “ blog “ - Cultoquhey . This ancient place name is pronounced Cul- to – whey ! Its roots in the mists of time have resulted in at least source two interpretations of its Gaelic source . Coillte a' Che meaning ‘the woods of Ce’. Ce was one of the seven sons from whom the Pictish race was said to descend and this seems eminently possible .
During the 1930s, Margaret Ethel Blair Oliphant wrote: "The estate lies about three miles to the east of the town of Crieff at the gate of the Highlands, between the Ochil and Grampian Hills. The name signifies in Gaelic, "At the back of the snowdrift". I am afraid we will have to accept that we do not know for certainty the definition of the name .