Drynaps DFL S NT119868 1 394 85m SOF

Drynaps 1856 OS 6 inch 1st edn.

Sc dry + ? Sc knap or ? Sc nap

‘Dry (rounded) hillocks’, Sc knap ‘lump, bump, rounded knob’. If this is the second element, then it probably refers to the low hillocks which are a feature of the area, while the specific would refer to the general lack of wells and watercourses. This element is definitely found in the west DFL place-name Green Nap q.v. Less likely is that the second element is Sc nap defined in DSL as ‘a wooden vessel, especially one for holding milk’, and so might be one of those jocular names, lamenting or mocking (depending on whether it was coined by the in-dwellers or the neighbours) poor dairy production in the farmer’s herd. The OS Name Book does not give any clues as to how it should be interpreted.

This place-name appeared in printed volume 1