It is not known how Pitullie received its name, there are many theories concerning lords and dukes but a more likeable story involves a young boy always in the habit of, when being asked by mother and father to run errands, using the words “Pit Willie” meaning of course to put his brother Willie. Through gossip, this would have been a familiar phrase which, it is taken for granted, would have been the manner in which it obtained its name. Sandhaven, however, more clearly derives its name from the sandy haven on which it was built, there being a fine stretch of sand along the coast of Phingask Bay. The residents, being of the same hardy race and pursuing the same calling, joined hands with its neighbours in general welfare of both villages.
Sandhaven and Pitullie struggled with other ports for supremacy in harbour facilities in attracting fisherman from the west, and proved themselves very successful but soon after realised that the old harbour would not accommodate the needs of the vast and yet still growing docking fleet.
Help came in the form of Sir John Forbes, Stuart Trefusis who succeeded in the setting up Sandhaven’s new pier.