Drumgrain CBE F NO502035 1
Dumgrain 1753 Roy sheet 18, 1
Dumgrain 1775 Ainslie/Fife
Dumgrain 1827 Ainslie/East Fife
Mickle Drumgrain 1848 Plan of Easter Pitcorthie [field-name]
Little Drumgrain 1848 Plan of Easter Pitcorthie [field-name]
? G druim or ? G dùn + ? G grian or ? G gràn
‘Ridge (druim) of (the) sun (grèine)’, the gen. sing. of G grian ‘sun’, or ‘of (the) grain or corn’ (G gràn, gen. gràin, OIr grán m. or n., gen. gráin, ‘grain’)? Although this appears very late in the record, it is probably a genuine G name, the eponymous ridge (if druim) being the conspicuous elevation running west from the farm-steading of Easter Pitcorthie, below and to the south of which the settlement and the fields are situated. As regards the possible generic element dùn, it is worth noting the presence nearby of ring-ditches and enclosures at NO505035 (NMRS NO50SW 61), which might lie behind the name, if it is authentic. There is also a ring-ditch and enclosure some 400 m to the south-east (NMRS NO50SW 72).
Ainslie/Fife (1775) shows the small settlement of Dumgrain on the north side of the road from Colinsburgh to Abercrombie, around NO496037. There is now a field called Drumgrain at NO502035, on the south side of the Colinsburgh road. An earlier map shows two fields containing the name. The modern field called Drumgrain is called Mickle Drumgrain on the 1848 map. Immediately to the east of it is Little Drumgrain.
/drəmˈgre:n/ or /drʌmˈgre:n/
This place-name appeared in printed volume 3