Daftmill

Daftmill CLS S NO317123 1

    Dafmylne 1500 Laing 1876, 417
    Daftmyll c.1560 s Assumption, 33
    Dafmylne 1608 RMS vi no. 2025 [Thomas Hardie in Daftmill]
    Daftmylne 1611 RMS vii no. 1171
    (Thomas Hardie of) Dafmill 1639 RMS ix no. 927
    Eastmylne vel Daftmylne 1649 RMS  ix no. 2097
    (Thomas Hardie of) Dafmell 1653 RMS x no. 183 col. 2
    Daft M 1684 Adair/East Fife
    Daffmill 1722 Geog. Coll. i, 297 [see Peterhead CLS for details]
    Daft Mill 1775 Ainslie/Fife [also shows Daft Bridge, crossing the Ballantagar Burn where the A91 now crosses it]
    Daft Mill 1828 SGF
    Daftmill 1855 OS 6 inch 1st edn [‘corn’]

? en *Daff + Sc miln

The first element originally applied to the burn which powered this mill, now called in its upper reaches the Ballantagar Burn, and lower down the Rankeilour Burn, appearing as Daft Burn 1642 Gordon MS Fife, Daft Burne 1654 Blaeu (Gordon) Fife, Daft W<ater> 1684 Adair/East Fife, and Daft Water 1832 RHP4397. Early forms of Daftmill show that the final t is intrusive, probably from a re-interpretation as Sc daft ‘daft, stupid’. It is very likely to derive from G damh ‘ox; stag’, so can be added to the considerable list of Scottish hydronyms containing animal names, and closely comparable to the Daimhidh, a tributary of the Ardle PER (Watson 1926, 441–2).

    Daftmill seems to be the mill of Pitlair CLS, mentioned in 1509 (q.v.).

This place-name appeared in printed volume 4