Glenlyon History Society

Comann Eachdraidh Ghleann Lìomhann

The Glenlyon HS, Scotland, is run by local residents of Glenlyon (map) with an interest in the local history of the glen.

Timothy Pont and Glen Lyon

At the beginning of the 17th century Timothy Pont mapped most of Scotland. Sadly many of his maps have not survived. Those that have survived are held by the National Library of Scotland (NLS). Alongside his maps Pont also made field notes. While the maps of Glen Lyon are lost his field notes from Glen Lyon are held by the NLS.

There is a great correlation between Pont's notes and the settlements on the ground today.

First the original Pont text and second an annotated version.

Glenlyon

first the north syd of the River Lyon
the burn of Innermuick 2 myl long cum out of Glenmuick
Kean-na-knock is the uppermost of the eastsyd of Glen-Lyon.
4 myle thence Ghealduy
Magerny is a myl thence, a tour with a small burn, it is Glenlyons dwelling.
3 myl thence Inner-Muick.
3 myl thence Brakky with alt Bracky 2 myl long.
1/2 myl thence Kreig-eemy, hard by Slatich, then 1 myl to Ruskich.
1/2 myl thence Innervar with a burn 3 myl long.
Hard by is Cairn-Bain sumtym the principal dwelling of Glen-lyon
A myl thence Sestel with a small burn.
On the southsyd.
first is Aldagob 3 myl long, just aganis Sestell. it falleth out of Bennen, and Bhellach-nacht a cory upon the north syd of Bin Lawers.
2 myl thence is Dirigams.
a myl thence Inneringneon with a burn 4 myl long falling from Corybuy out of Binlawers.
A myl thence Rorow with a burn, whilk fals from Larig Lochen at the head of Loch-Tay and is 4 myl long.
Hard by Rorow is Balemouling.
Hard upon the west syd of the former burn is Balvahannord.
Hard by Balemeanach with a burn 4 myl long cumming out of sheal and Corynaherroshet, falling as the former from the month betuix that and Killyn.
A myl thence Kreig-Elich.
A myl thence Balna-heglis with the kirk of Brennow
Hard by is Kendrochart, hard upon Balemoulin, with a burn 4 myl long falling out of Kaillach Rannach, betuix Glenlyon and Glenlochy in Braid Albane.
Half a myl thence Dalrioch moir, 2 myl from the former with a smal burn.
Glenlyon is about 7 myl broad, the broadest part is betuix the kirk of Brennow on the north and the kirk of Killyn on the south.
Item a firr wood betuix Dalmoir and Balemoulin calld Leak-gaur, it is 3 myl long and a myl broad.

Item Kreach na Keir, a wood of firr 2 myl long, and as much broad with a great Glen, and a burn 4 myl long cald Connait cuming out of Loch Daw 2 myl long and Loch ghyr 1 myl long, the burn betuix thir 2 lochs being 2 myl long. Tonaig-Etera-loch.
Item Glendaw 2 myl long with a burn falling in Loch Daw.
Avon Daw cums out of Mealbuy betuix Rennach and Bra-glen-lyon.
Item upon the north syd of Glen-lyon, Grinen-dair-dyr, a hie steep hill.

Coryes and Sheels in Glen-Lyon

The westmost part of all Glenlyon 3 m. be west Carnedruym is the marche betuix Glenlyon and the cowntrey of Glen-wrquhay. first thair is Lhon na choill, a myl be est that Tomchewrin a sheal. A myl be west Loch lyon is Lowbin a sheell.

Item Loch lyon 3 myl long, the water of Lochlyon is cald Finnalair beg. upon the north of Cory-cheech. Nixt within a myl is Bin-teaskernich upon the east syd of Corycheech.
It is but a myl betuix the Carne-Druym and the head of Loch-Lyon.
Item upon the north syd of Bra-Lyon, betuix it and Loch Rennach the first is glen-caillich 3 m long falling in Lyon, the water falling throw thir glen is called Mearan.
2 myl more east is Cory-hewnan with a burn 2 myl long running throch it called Quollow-eeran.
A myl thence is Estinanoion, a glen and a sheel running out of Cory-na-naion upon the north syd of Loch lyon.
Leac-vannah a sheal, a very fair pruce [?] of 2 myl long, the sheel therof is called Bat-cherk.
3 m thence Innermearan a sheel
A myl more eastward Cory-Chrevy and hard by Pubble-fern.
A myl thence Coulsowble with a burn 2 myl long, falling out of a smal loch called Lochen Loisken. al thir on the north of Glenlyon.
Upon the southsyd of Lyon within 2 myl of Finnalan beg is Druymbe with a burn 2 myl long cuming out of Bhellach na-hetaig marching with Glen Lochay.
Glen Lyon
A myl thence Cashill na clach moir, 1 myl therfra Dalchierlich and a myl therfra is Cory-lomshich with Birk wood, with Craig vaddy a stay craig hard by it upon the east therof,
Be east that hard by Chreigen Tulliveen verie high hills. Item Bhellach na hetaig with Lairg na Lhowin hard on the south syd therof marchis with Glen dochart.
Item Finnylan-moir upon the north syd of Corycheich marchis with the lands of Stra-if or Strafillen
Glack-wyir upon the north syd of Bin Lawer
Finglen marchis with the east syd of Bin Lawer
Cory-reochy marchis with the east syd of Finnelan
Item upon the north of Bin-lawer is Cory-cloich, with a small rownd Loch on the top of Lawer.
Item upon the south west syd of Bin-lawer in Broad Albane syd is Cory-muckie. Half a myl more east is More-inch.
Cory-verawalt is be east the former, hard by Cory-chary.
Be east that 3 m. above the place of Lawers is Loch na gatt, most difficill for hie and steep rocks.
the burn of Lawers cums out of L. na gat falling be the east syd of the place of Lawers.

Glenlyon (Annotated)

[Analysis based on OS Explorer Sheet 378, Landranger Sheets 50 & 51, and old OS maps from approximately 1867]

first the north syd of the River Lyon
the burn of Innermuick [Innerwick] 2 myl long cum out of Glenmuick [Probably glen at Innerwick with either Lairig a’Mhuic or Lairig Ghallabhaich. Burns are Allt a’Mhuic and Allt Ghallabhaich respectively. The Lairig a’Mhuic is a right of way (Scottish Rights of Way Society Route 139, Innerwick to Camghouran]
Kean-na-knock [Kenknock?] is the uppermost of the eastsyd of Glen-Lyon [Kenknock is in western end of Glen Lyon so this doesn't seem to be modern Kenknock.].
4 myle thence Ghealduy [Possibly Gallin – distance seems wrong]
Magerny [Meggernie] is a myl thence, a tour [tower] with a small burn, it is Glenlyons dwelling.
3 myl thence Inner-Muick. [Innerwick]
3 myl thence Brakky [Camusvrachan] with alt Bracky [Allt Bhracain] 2 myl long.
1/2 myl thence Kreig-eemy [Craigianie], hard by Slatich, then 1 myl to Ruskich.
1/2 myl thence Innervar [Invervar]with a burn 3 myl long.
Hard by is Cairn-Bain sumtym the principal dwelling of Glen-lyon
A myl thence Sestel [Chesthill] with a small burn.
On the southsyd.
first is Aldagob [Allt da-ghob] 3 myl long, just aganis Sestell [Chesthill] it falleth out of Bennen, and Bhellach-nacht a cory upon the north syd of Bin Lawers.
2 myl thence is Dirigams [Dericambus].
a myl thence Inneringneon [Inverinian] with a burn 4 myl long falling from Corybuy [Coire nam Buidheag] out of Binlawers [Ben Lawers].
A myl thence Rorow [Roro] with a burn, whilk fals from Larig Lochen [This sounds incorrect. The burns at Roro do not come from what is still today Lochan na Lairig – now enlarged by a dam near the visitor center. The Roro burns are the Allt a’Chobhair and Allt Glean Da-Eig.] at the head of Loch-Tay and is 4 myl long.
Hard by Rorow is Balemouling. [Not sure – candidates are Balnahanaid, Balmenoch, but these are mentioned next. Perhaps this was the name for the old homestead adjacent to Roro? Probably the homestead given the following references to the other two properties.]
Hard upon the west syd of the former burn is Balvahannord. [This looks like it could be Balnahanaid which would make the former burn mentioned the Allt a’Chobhair]
Hard by Balemeanach [Probably Balmenoch] with a burn [Must be the Allt Glean Da-Eig] 4 myl long cumming out of sheal and Corynaherroshet, falling as the former from the month betuix that and Killyn.
A myl thence Kreig-Elich [There was a building at NN 596 747 called Craig nan Eildeag (source OS 1867), this is now shown as the name for the hill above Kerrowmore].
A myl thence Balna-heglis [There is an un-named homestead near Kerrrowmore which could be this or the previous. It is probably "town of the church" so is probably adjacent to the following.] with the kirk of Brennow [Ancient monument of Cladh Bhranno recorded at cemetery near Kerrowmore]
Hard by is Kendrochart[?], hard upon Balemoulin[?], with a burn 4 myl long falling out of Kaillach Rannach[?], betuix Glenlyon and Glenlochy in Braid Albane.
Half a myl thence Dalrioch moir[?], 2 myl from the former with a smal burn.
Glenlyon is about 7 myl broad, the broadest part is betuix the kirk of Brennow on the north and the kirk of Killyn on the south.
Item a firr wood betuix Dalmoir[?] and Balemoulin[?] calld Leak-gaur[?], it is 3 myl long and a myl broad.
Item Kreach na Keir[?], a wood of firr 2 myl long, and as much broad with a great Glen, and a burn 4 myl long cald Connait [Allt Connait] cuming out of Loch Daw 2 myl long and Loch ghyr 1 myl long [These two lochs now part of Loch an Daimh], the burn betuix thir 2 lochs being 2 myl long. Tonaig-Etera-loch. [This burn now in Loch an Daimh]
Item Glendaw [Glen Daimh] 2 myl long with a burn [Eas Daimh] falling in Loch Daw. [Loch Daimh]
Avon Daw cums out of Mealbuy [Currently two hills named Meall Buidhe, one is west and the other north of Loch an Daimh] betuix Rennach and Bra-glen-lyon.
Item upon the north syd of Glen-lyon, Grinen-dair-dyr [Not sure, there is a steep hill An Grianan just north of Cashlie], a hie steep hill.

Coryes and Sheels in Glen-Lyon
The westmost part of all Glenlyon 3 m. be west Carnedruym is the marche betuix Glenlyon and the cowntrey of Glen-wrquhay [Glen Orchy]. first thair is Lhon na choill, a myl be est that Tomchewrin a sheal. A myl be west Loch lyon is Lowbin a sheell. [Cannot identify these locations in this paragraph]
Item Loch lyon 3 myl long, the water of Lochlyon is cald Finnalair beg [?]. upon the north of Cory-cheech [?]. Nixt within a myl is Bin-teaskernich [Beinn Heasgarnich] upon the east syd of Corycheech.
It is but a myl betuix the Carne-Druym [? Probably under present day Loch Lyon] and the head of Loch-Lyon.
Item upon the north syd of Bra-Lyon, betuix it and Loch Rennach the first is glen-caillich [Gleann Cailliche] 3 m long falling in Lyon, the water falling throw thir glen is called Mearan. [Allt Meran]
2 myl more east is Cory-hewnan [Coire Eoghannan] with a burn 2 myl long running throch it called Quollow-eeran. [No mapped name today]
A myl thence is Estinanoion [Eas nan Aighean], a glen and a sheel running out of Cory-na-naion [Coire nan Aighean] upon the north syd of Loch lyon.
Leac-vannah [?] a sheal, a very fair pruce [?] of 2 myl long, the sheel therof is called Bat-cherk. [?]
3 m thence Innermearan [Invermearan was at NN 409 417 and is now below Loch Lyon] a sheel
A myl more eastward Cory-Chrevy [Coirechraivie was at NN 443 422, there is a sheep pen near here. The settlement was a ruin in 1867] and hard by Pubble-fern. [Pubil?]
A myl thence Coulsowble with a burn 2 myl long, falling out of a smal loch called Lochen Loisken [No sign of any small loch in this locale]. al thir on the north of Glenlyon.
Upon the southsyd of Lyon within 2 myl of Finnalan beg is Druymbe with a burn 2 myl long cuming out of Bhellach na-hetaig [?] marching with Glen Lochay.
Glen Lyon
A myl thence Cashill na clach moir [Cashlie], 1 myl therfra Dalchierlich [Dalchiorlich] and a myl therfra is Cory-lomshich [?] with Birk wood, with Craig vaddy [Craig a’ Mhadaih] a stay craig hard by it upon the east therof,
Be east that hard by Chreigen Tulliveen [Craig an Tulabhain] verie high hills. Item Bhellach na hetaig [?] with Lairg na Lhowin hard on the south syd therof marchis with Glen dochart.
Item Finnylan-moir [?] upon the north syd of Corycheich [?] marchis with the lands of Stra-if or Strafillen [?]
Glack-wyir [?] upon the north syd of Bin Lawer
Finglen [Fin Glen behind Creag Roro] marchis with the east syd of Bin Lawer
Cory-reochy [Meall nan Corranaich is east of Fin Glen] marchis with the east syd of Finnelan [Fin Glen?]
Item upon the north of Bin-lawer is Cory-cloich [Coire Leith?], with a small rownd Loch on the top of Lawer. [Cannot locate loch]
Item upon the south west syd of Bin-lawer in Broad Albane syd is Cory-muckie. [?] Half a myl more east is More-inch. [?]
Cory-verawalt [?] is be east the former, hard by Cory-chary[?].
Be east that 3 m. above the place of Lawers is Loch na gatt [Loch an Cat], most difficill for hie and steep rocks. [An Stuc]
the burn of Lawers cums out of L. na gat [Loch an Cat] falling be the east syd of the place of Lawers.

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