Draffin Castle

Draffin Castle # DNO S NO5310 4

Castle of Draffan 1845 NSA ix, 365 [‘supposed to have been built by the Danes’; it lay in the east of the parish, overhanging the south bank of the Kenly]
Draffin Castle 1840 Leighton iii, 84 [‘at the west end of the parish’]
Draffan Castle 1882 x 1885 Groome’s Gazetteer (New Edition) ii, 434 [‘completely disappeared’]

? + SSE castle

The most likely explanation for this name, which does not seem to be recorded earlier than 1845, is that it has been transferred from one or other of the places of that name elsewhere in Scotland: either Draffin, Dunnichen ANG (although I can find no record for that before it appears on the OS 6 inch map of 1865); or Draffan, Lesmahagow LAN, first recorded in the twelfth century as Draffane (Kel. Lib. i no. 102).

Not only is the name a puzzle, even the whereabouts of the castle is uncertain, and NMRS shows nothing that might correspond to this site, either at the east end of the parish (NSA) or at the west (Leighton 1840). The castle, mentioned as Draffan Castle in Groome’s Gazetteer (New Edition), is said to have ‘completely disappeared’. The spelling indicates that the Gazeteer’s source of information is NSA ix, 365 rather than Leighton.

This place-name appeared in printed volume 3