Waterless

Waterless PIT ANR S NO537026 1 25m

Waterrigs 1827 Ainslie/East Fife
Waterless 1828 SGF
Waterless 1832 RHP22804
Waterless 1855 OS 6 inch 1st edn

Sc waterless

Describing a site without a water supply or easy access to water (quite a rarity in Scotland!). By the time of the OS 1 inch 1st ed. (1896) the name survived only in the railway bridge ‘Waterless Bridge’, still identified as such on OS Pathf. (NO531027). It does not occur on Ainslie/Fife (1775). Note also Waterless CMN, above, and Waterless # KGL (PNF 1, 434).

Colin Martin writes: ‘This is shown as a farm-steading on OS 6 inch 1st edn at NO536025, which in turn can be identified as the site of a coal pit labelled ‘Deep Pit’ on RHP22 (1785). The farm-steading, adjacent to the pit site, is ranged round a rectangular courtyard which I picked up as a positive crop mark during aerial reconnaissance in 1984, and beside it was a negative square-shaped mark which was undoubtedly the pit. Hogg’s map (RHP22) shows very extensive room-and-stoop coal galleries underground extending east and west from Deep Pit, so I think the ‘Waterless’ appellation stems from the fact that groundwater disappeared rapidly into the old workings’ (pers. comm.; see also Martin 1999, 54).

Colin Martin adds that it is likely that the Waterless steading was a re-use of redundant pit-head buildings, as at Coal Farm PIT.

This place-name appeared in printed volume 3