Calling All Condies

Bill Condie's the name, a Scottish-born newpaperman now living in Florida. I hadn't realized there were so many Condies in the U.S. and Canada, and even Australia, until I did a SEARCH one day . . .

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Path of Condie: Perth and Kinross

Maps from The Gazetteer for Scotland

. . . on the Ochil Hills, Perth and Kinross, overlooking the Water of May, three miles southeast of Dunning.

How did it get its name? My late grandfather, William Condie of Armadale, West Lothian, claimed that Rob Roys fleeing the redcoats escaped through the path and changed their name to Condie to avoid having to swear allegiance to the crown -- mandatory after the '45 rebellion. But I have yet to meet anyone to back up his story .

Local historian Greg Ross, who is writing a book on the parish, offers this insight:

If it is of interest the Path of Condie was an area owned by the
Stirlings of Keir and originally named Path of Struiehill which was
divided into Pathhead, Pathgreen, and Pathfoot to identify the parts
of the route over the hills. The farms of Struiehill and Pathgreen still

There was another route on the next hill called Path of Struie, or
sometimes Pathstruie which was in the hands of the Hays of Seggie. No
love lost. When the first census was made in 1841, the enumerator from
the lower parish got into a real mess with this when he used the term
Pathstruie for the Easter and Wester halves of Struie, and used the same
name for the village at Path of Struiehill, probably because the United
Presbyterian church there was called Pathstruie Kirk.

The then owner of the Path of Struiehill was Laurence Oliphant of Condie, an area to the
north in Forgandenny, whose had inherited the lands from his mother, Mary
Stirling. He then gave the name Path of Condie to the village.

Modern maps show Path of Struie at the river crossing and Path of Condie
further south where the village used to be sited.

I hope that this helps, as the Condie name comes from the area formerly
owned by the Oliphants on the heights north of the River May, and has no
historical connection with the Path of Condie so mentioned, which is an
artificial name from the last century.

Robert Burns is said to have inscribed his name with a ring on the window of the school at Path of Condie after a visit to Invermay House. I haven't been able to corroborate that one either . . .

FLEEING MASSACRES? Another interesting historical note was posted by Peter S. Condie (in Scotland) on the Forum He wrote: "As far as I know, my side of the family came to Scotland in the 1500.and the name was French and was spelled CONDE and only when arrived in Scotland the 'i' was added to the name condie. My family arrived in Strathearn in 1577. History as i know it: The St.Bartholomew Massacre in Paris in 1572, and the massacre of hundreds of protestants in Antwerp in 1576 caused a large-scale immigration to Scotland. Among these were the Conde's now spelled Condie.

Photo Courtesy Jim Condie of the
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