Fodderty & Kinnettes – Summary Table

Fodderty & Kinnettes


Name Value Date Grid Ref Map Sources Other forms, comments etc
Kirktoun of Fodderty ½ davach 1608 NH 5159   RS36/2/329r 1608. See below.
Millnain/Mill of Aine ½ davach 1608 NH 5059   RS36/2/329r 1608. GD305/1/36/4&5 1646.

Associated with Mill of Fodderty.

Achterneed (1 davach) 1476-9 NH 4959   Wethirnyde in RMS II (1227) 1475-6. Rental evidence supported by bondage silver in ER & RSS VIII (1901) of 1583-4. GD305/1/127/4 1605 refers to ¾ of the davach of Ochterneid.
Dochcarty 1 davach 1657 NH 5360 RHP 1473 Prefix ‘Doch’ (for davach) is frequently found in place-names. See below.
Brae     NH 5260   PNRC p 100 states that in 1777 Davochcarn, Davachpollo and Davochmaluag were included in the farm of Brae. See below.
Davachcarne 1 davach 1593 NH 514615 Thomson(1826) Ex Earldom. Davach of Dawachcarnen in RMS VI (510) 1596-7 on original of 1593. Also stated to be a davach in GD296/6 1602. Rental evidence suggests a davach from 1476-9 in ER. Doch Corn in Thomson. See below.
Davachpollo 1 davach 1593     Ex Earldom. Davach of Dawachpollo in RMS VI (510) 1596-7 on original of 1593. £4 in 1476-9 rental which suggests only half but 16s bondages in 1539 imply a whole. By GD296/3 1578 it was certainly halved. PNRC p 100. See below.
Dochmaluag 1 davach 1504 NH 5159 Roy(FC) Ex Earldom. 8 bovates listed in ER 1504. PNRC p 100.

Name occasionally given as Dalmalook.

Inchvannie ½ davach 1605 NH 4959   Ex Earldom. Rental evidence in ER suggests ½ davach from 1476-9.
Inchrory 1 davach 1651     GD305/1/144/4 1651, GD305/1/18/4 1672.

GD1/400/2/3 Section I, p 33, 1672. See below.

Dochnaclear or Davachnacleir or


1 davach 1577 NH 5160   See below. Referred to as a davach in RSS VII (983) 1577. With sheiling of Garbet/Garvock. RMS VI (2069) 1608; RS37/1/160r 1619; GD305/1/18/4 1672. For variant names see PNRC p 101.
Keppoch 1 davach 1737 NH 5059 Roy(FC) GD305/1/55/14 1737. I have only this single late valuation. GD305/1/162/330 1768 gives Keppoch and Croftdon.
Ballavulich         This property appears a number of times in the sources, in a great variety of spellings, and often in the context of Fodderty. However PNRC p 109 places it in Urray parish (q.v.).
Rogie (½ davach) 1539 NH 4459 Roy(FC) See below.
Strathrannoch   1476-9 NH 3874/3969   PNRC p101 places in Fodderty parish. See below.
Mucernich     NH 3774   Top of Strath Rannoch on the west side. Another NW of Loch Glascarnoch. Another still in Edderton?
Knokintraid ¼ davach 1648     RS37/7/31r 1648. Unlocated.
Sub-total 10¼ davachs        
Tollie area         See below.
Dunglass 1½ davachs 1504 NH 5354 Roy(FC)

RHP 1457/1458


Ex Earldom. In ER XII p 664 1504 12 bovates (1½ davachs) are listed + another one-sixth of a davach. Bondages in ER XVII pp 673-4 1539 imply 1½ davachs. ¾ in RS37/7/31r 1648.
Balnain     NH 5254   See under Urray parish.
Tollie     NH 5156/5256   ER XXIII p 460 1596-7 implies this held of the chaplains of St Lawrence in Dingwall Castle.
Balblair ¼ davach 1648 c. NH 5356/5456 RHP 678

RHP 1457/1458


GD305/1/126/584 1607. RS37/7/31r 1648. RS37/7/316v 1658.

The ‘quarter lands of Belblane’ in RMS X (440) 1655. (This document has a lot of corrupt forms). Sometimes difficult to distinguish from similar place-name in Urray (q.v. under Kilchrist).

Sub-total (1¾ davachs)        
Kinnettes parish          
Kinnettes ¼ davach 1589 c. NH 4556/4656 Thomson(1826) Kirklands GD305/1/14/1 1567. GD305/1/14/4 1589. See below.
Kinellan ½ davach 1640 NH 4757 Roy(FC) Ex Earldom. GD305/1/162/263. See below.
Ulladale ½ davach 1608 NH 4758   Ex Earldom. Rent in 1476-9 is only 40s which might imply ¼ davach. 8s bondages from 1539 in ER imply a ½ davach.

RS36/2/348v 1608. Often paired with Ardvall.

Park (¼ davach) 1476-9 NH 4857   Ex Earldom. Rent in ER 1476-9 is 40s and from 1539 it paid 4s bondage silver – both of which suggest ¼ davach. ¼ in GD305/1/127/12 1641, GD1/400/2/3 Section I, p 2, 1669 & GD305/1/53/1 1722. Retours (Ross) (126) 1670 but no extent. PNRC p 100.
Ardvall ½ davach 1504 NH 4858   Ex Earldom. 4 bovates (½ davach) in ER XII p 663 1504.

RS36/2/348v 1608. Often paired in the documents with ½ davach Ulladale so they may have once been combined.

Castle Leod (aka)


1 davach   NH 4859 Roy(FC) Watson PNRC pp 98-99 for place-name forms. See below.
Sub-total 2 davachs        
Total 14 davachs        



Fodderty parish



The Kirktoun of Fodderty is referred to in RMS V (507) 1582-3 on an original of 1577. In the same document there is reference to Balmuldie which is possibly the same as Balmalloche and/or Balavulich (see also Urray parish). RS36/2/329r 1608 refers to Kirktou(n) of Foddertie, Ball(i)mullich and Milnaan as 3 x ½ davach lands. GD305/1/7/4 1608 refers to the lands of Kirkton of Foddertie and Ballamyllich.



‘Extending yearly to 10m’ in RMS II (2830) 1504-5. Half of Dawachartye is given an Old Extent of 23s 4d in Retours (Ross) (33 & 34) 1611. This would make the Old Extent of the full davach 46s 8d or 3½m. It is much more likely to have been 4m. The New Extent in the same documents is given as 10m which is the annual return or rental of many davachs in Ross-shire in the period c. 1450 – c. 1550. Name occasionally given as Dalcarty. PNRC p 100. RSS VI (135, 146) 1567-8 prove a quarter = 2 oxgangs.



The editors of ALI (101) 1471-2 imply that ‘Brey’ was in the parish of Fodderty along with Inchrory and Dochnaclear. It is true that the three properties are often linked in the documents but I think that the Brae referred to is the one in Cullicudden parish (see under Kirkmichael and Cullicudden).



The name simply means davach of the cairn so it is probable it lay round the chambered cairn at NH 514615. PNRC p 100.



Although I cannot locate this precisely it must have lain close to Davachcarne and Davachmaluag.



W Fraser, Earls of Cromartie II No 522 pp 317-9 refers to ‘Keddetolle, Scilutt’ being pertinents of Inchrory in 1338. (I can make little sense of these two names. The transumpt is dated 1511 so there may be a misreading of the original). Inchrore is frequently linked with Davachnagleir as part of an estate e.g. ALI (101) 1471-2, RMS III (1266) 1532-3, RMS VI (2069) 1608, RMS VII (1995) 1619.  There was an annual rent of 5m taken from Inchrory for the benefit of the chaplainry of the Virgin Mary of Inchrory (Earls of Cromartie II (523) 1348). With this went the alehouse croft which apparently lay between the croft called Ochierin to the north and the meadow to the south. The chaplain was also given a right to pasturage for 1 horse, 12 cows, 1 bull and 80 sheep.



Frequently linked with Inchrory (qv).  ‘Davach lands of Davoch nacliroch alias Dochnaclear’ in GD305/1/63/2 1849. Retours (Ross) (177) 1599 gives ‘the davach lands of Davachnaclerache and the sheiling called Garbet’ an Ancient Extent of £4 (6m). Old Extent valuations are uncommon in Easter Ross and need to be treated with caution but if this is accurate we might interpret it as 4m for the davach of Dochnaclear plus 2m for half of Garbet. For Garbet/Garbat see under Contin parish.



One of the properties granted to Elizabeth, Countess of Ross, in RMS II (1227) 1475-6. With Kinnellan, Coul and Little Scatwell in 1476-9. Bondage silver in ER from 1539 suggests ½ davach.



Strath Vaich and Strath Rannoch are two neighbouring straths running roughly NNW-SSE into the Black Water. According to Watson (PNRC pp 101, 164), Strathvaich is in Contin parish, Strathrannoch in Fodderty. Garbat which lies a little to the SE (on the East side of the Black Water) is also in Contin.  This appears anomalous in geographical terms and I can only assume that the parochial status of these sheilings reflect the accidents of history and ownership. In earliest times parish boundaries were probably geographically coherent but over the centuries they have been subject to modification according to the ownership of particular estates and sheiling-grounds. I have no valuation for Strathrannoch but in ER VIII p592 ff 1476-9 the Forest of Rannach returned barley, oatmeal and 2 marts. In ER XVII p 670 1539 it is the Forest of Rannach alias Strathranach. ER XX p 243 1574-5 refers to half the lands of the forest of Rannach, alias Stravaich. GD1/1149/6 1623 refers to Corriemoille and Strath Vaich lying within the parish of Kinettas (now part of Fodderty).

Retours (Ross) (82) 1635 refers to ‘half the forest of Strathrannach viz. Straithewaith & Straintirie’ (so we can deduce that Strath Rannoch comprised the other half). Straithewaith is Strathvaich in Contin parish. Straintirie (Strath Dirrie) is the strath that is now Loch Glascarnoch, also in Contin (qv). Strathrannoch lies parallel to Strathvaich but further to the east in Fodderty. It seems that the forest of Rannoch originally included all three glens and covered a huge area of hill ground. I doubt much of it was ever cultivated and most was probably regarded as land suitable only for sheilings.



Tollie area

(I have avoided the issue of whether this should properly appear under Urray parish. In the ER data some properties in this area appear in the Quarter of Kynnardy – along with a number of the Fodderty farms).

I have separated this because NSA p 252 implies this may once have been a distinct parish. There is no real evidence for this but I can easily see that in much earlier times this may have formed a distinct district defined by the topography of the ground. (See Bartholomew’s Quarter-inch map of this area to see how the watersheds delineate this). It would have included Brahan, Moy, Balnain and perhaps Dunglass. See also list of ‘Habitations’ in rental c. 1726 from Highland Papers II p 338. These comprise Brahan, Craig Town, Glaick, Tollynuild, Ussie & Knockintairin (+ others listed in left column p 338). On p 342 the same rental details the parts of Drumglast & Balnaine. Drumglast consisted of three Quarters + Balblair (also probably a quarterland). Balnaine appears alongside Knockintied & Black Croft.



Kinnettes parish



For a fascinating example of a presentation by lay parishioners (male and female) in 1554 see CWMF (65). See also RSS VIII (2507) 1584.



Linked with Rogie (qv) and others in ER 1476-9 which makes it difficult to isolate its value. 6m rent in 1504 which suggests ½ davach. Since it gave its name to one of the ‘Quarters’ of Ross it was probably formerly more important. It may well have been divided by the time we first meet it. Macgill pp 160-1 No 410 [D] gives Ardachack, Teanindoire and Badintrinan as pendicles of Kinnellan. RS38/3/69v 1666, GD1/400/2/3 Section I pp 25-26, 1671 & RS38/4/156v 1672 give it as a ½ davach.


Castle Leod – also known as Contaneloid/Cultaloid

Castle Leod seems to have been divided in two; half linked with Easter Drynie (Dingwall parish – qv), half with Glenskeoch (Glen Sgathaich? NH 4560). Unfortunately the references are almost always without valuation.

GD96/8 1495 refers to Cultaloid & Dryne. See also RMS II (3250) 1508 on original of 1507; RMS IV (1091) 1556, (2465) 1575.

GD305/1/19/8 1543 gives ‘the half lands of Easter Dryne and Cultaleoid, which were then valued at £6 and in time of peace [i.e. Old Extent] at 7 merks’. Retours (Ross) (79) 1633 refers to the lands of Cultealoid and Glenskeoch having an Old Extent of £4 13s 4d (7m). However Retours (Ross) (108) 1655 gives the same lands with an Old Extent of 3½m and a New Extent of 7m. I suspect each half of Castle Leod was ½ a davach.

GD305/1/21/3 1654 & GD305/1/21/6 1659 refer to Toll-Muic (qv. Contin parish) as a pendicle of Cultaleod. (This was the half of Cultaleod that was also linked with Glenskeoch).


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