It really doesn’t matter, pronounce it or shorten it any way you wish, we really don’t mind. Some of the locals call us the KTree or is that KayTree maybe Kirr'tree or Kirr’O’tree we certainly have many trees in the grounds. Ktree House is a good one or Kir’O’tree House.
Pronounce it however you like we will always understand.
Just give us a call on 01671 402 141 and sample our hospitality and savour staying in the home built and occupied by a wealthy gentleman, who was both an eighteenth century parliamentarian and a benefactor of Robert Burns.
The History of the Name
Back in the 12th century there was a Lord of Galloway by the name of Fergus. He divided his land between his two sons. The land to the East of the River Cree was given to his son Uchtred (or should that be Oughtree or Ouchtree). The two sons did not have a very good relationship with each other or their father. To protect himself and his Lands Uchtred built himself a fortress and built this close to the point at which the opposing forces would need to cross the river.
Caer (or should that be Kirr) is Gaelic for fortress so the name of the area which later became a country estate was given the name CaerUchtred. Place names would generally have been passed down by word of mouth, then at some point written down. The spelling used being dependent on the clerk writing it down and his language background.
In the Heron Ballads written by ROBBIE BURNS it has the spelling KIRROUCHTREE, but we have the spelling KIRROUGHTREE as in the Irish Lough. The latter is most likely the Heron family spelling. Besides having Kirroughtree as their home, they had other estates in Ireland and the West Indies.
So if you know how to say the Gaelic “Ouch” or the Irish “ough” then you should know how to pronounce the name.