Demmins BMO S NO352239 1 50m

    Christen Braed hows in the Demins of Balmerynocht 1568 St A. Kirk Sess. 299 [‘Christine (or Christian?) Braid’s house in the Demmins of Balmerino’]
    (David Wilson of) Demungis 1580 RMS v no. 150
    Deminche Park 1596 Campbell 1899, 621 [‘Deminche Park, Pointrik, and 3d part of lands of Boddumcraig’, David Wilson, Balmerino Abbey tenant]
    Dwningis 1603 RMS vi no. 1411 [for Dwmingis? Kirkton, Bottomcraigs and]
    Dwnyngis 1614 RMS vii no. 1115 [for Dwmyngis?]
    Demurge 1617 Balm. Lib. app. XII (p. 98) [Deminge Campbell 1899, 623]
    Deming 1630 Campbell 1899, 625
    Demnuche (Deninuche) 1644 Retours (Fife) no. 679 [Auchmutie family; printed version gives both forms, each misreading an underlying Deminche?]
    Demmings 1775 Ainslie/Fife
    Demmings 1828 SGF
    Demmons 1845 NSA ix, 580 [sandstone ranges cropping out there]
    Demonds 1855 OS 6 inch 1st edn [no longer marked on OS 1 inch 2nd edn (1898) or on 6 inch 1st revision (1888 x 1914)]
    Demmins 1899 Campbell 1899, 642

? Sc demming

‘Damming, place of dams’; given as a verbal noun in DOST. Campbell states that it derived from the dams or pools of water where flax was steeped (1899, 644), i.e. retting ponds. Demondale in Arbroath ANG (Demmondale 1865 OS 6 inch 1st edn) probably contains the same element + Sc dale ‘division of land’.

    Campbell states Demmins was made up of ‘Park and Poyntok, and Craigingrugie’s fauld’, on the lands of Byres (ibid. 642).


This place-name appeared in printed volume 4