Darnoe FAL S NO259087 1 373 45m NEF
Dernok 1495 RMS ii no. 2243
(lands of) Derno 1546 RMS iii no. 3294 [William Stewart of Darnoe (Derno) to Robert Beaton (Betoun) of Creich]
Darnoch 1551 RMS iv no. 597 [among lands of Wester Lathrisk; see Lathrisk KTT for context]
Darnok 1552 RMS iii no. 684 [see Wester Lathrisk KTT]
Derno 1563 RMS iii no. 1460 [Beatons of Creich]
Darnoch 1598 RMS vi no. 895 [lands of Wester Lathrisk (Wester Lawthrisk) KTT, Cuthlands # (Cuithland) KTT?, Darnoe, Jargo Myre (Jargomyre) FAL, *Fairlieslands (Fairleislandis) KTT, with their common pasture]
peciam terre de Darno 1625 RMS viii no. 826 col. 3 [‘the piece of the land of Darnoe lying contiguously to the east of the south grove and wood of Falkland’ (jacen. contigue ex oriente australis saltus et silve de Falkland), in the parish of Falkland]
Dornoche 1630 RMS viii no. 1528
pecia terrae de Dorno 1641 Retours (Fife) no. 606 [‘on the east side of the eastern marsh and wood of Falkland’ (ex orientale parte orientalis maresiae et silvae de Falkland)]
Darnow 1654 Blaeu (Gordon) Fife [shown north of the River Eden]
Darney 1753 Roy sheet 18, 1
Dairnie 1775 Ainslie/Fife
Dornoe 1788 Sasines no. 1856 [parts of the Park of Falkland called Dornoe and Bleashangie; amongst other lands mentioned is Firknow]
Darnoe 1828 SGF
Dairnie 1856 OS 6 inch 1st edn
? G droighneach
‘Place of (black)thorns’; droighneach is the G form of Drienach, Loch Broom ROS (see Watson 1904, 256; and 1926, 234), an adjectival form of the noun droigheann or draigheann ‘thorn, blackthorn, bramble’. This analysis is based on the development of the second element of Inchdairnie KGL, for which much earlier forms exist (the earliest being Inchdrayn 1332 × 1350 Dunf. Reg. no. 329, see PNF 1, s.n.). Rather than an adjectival ending, some of the earliest forms of Darnoe suggest perhaps the same –óc-ending as occurs in Kethok # CBE/KCQ/ELI (PNF 3, Section 1, Linear Features) and Cambo KBS (PNF 3). As both these seem to refer originally to water-courses, it may be that Darnoe, too, was coined first as a burn-name.
In some of the above-mentioned sources for early forms, Darnoe is seen as part of a list of lands held by lairds of Lathrisk KTT (see KTT Introduction). In 1909 the Falkland Estate Cropping Book recorded a field called Fore Darnoe and another as Back Darnoe in the lands of Falkland Wood.
When visited on 19 October 1991, Darnoe was still roofed but uninhabited. It is on the Falkland Estate, farmed by Easter Cash.
The 1775 (Ainslie/Fife) and 1856 OS form Dairnie reflect the local Sc pronunciation still heard today.
/ˈdarno/ locally /ˈdernɪ/
This place-name appeared in printed volume 2