Waterless 1775 Ainslie/Fife
Waterless 1828 SGF
Waterless 1855 OS 6 inch 1st edn
It would seem to refer to the fact that there were difficulties in the water-supply. This was confirmed by Mrs Picken senior of Priorletham (March 2000), who said that, when Waterless had been inhabited, there had been no permanent water supply at the farm-steading itself, and water had had to be fetched from a well roughly 100 to 150 m north or north-west of the house. She had heard that from the people who had stayed there.
Waterless occupies the western end of the lands of Priorletham: this is clear from both the modern marches of Priorletham and from a plan of c.1850 entitled ‘Priorletham and Waterless’ (SAUL MEP 7). The name survives on the modern OS Pathf. map in Waterless Wood. There was also a small-holding called Waterless PIT. See also Breadless CMN.
This place-name appeared in printed volume 3