Drumtenant CLS S NO298091 1 373 40m

    Drumtenet 1451 ER v, 469
    Drumtenat 1453 ER v, 533 [rents to royal exchequer]
    Drumtenand 1454 ER v, 683
    Drumtenyt 1454 ER v, 684
    (lands of) Drumtennat 1458 RMS ii no. 636 [in the quarter of Falkland; Thomas Anderson burgess of Cupar only to get the lands if he improves them]
    Drumtennande 1489 ER x, 672
    (lands of) Drumtennand 1510 RMS ii no. 3432
    (lands of) Drumtennand 1542 RMS iii no. 2762 [thirled to Ballomill CLS]
    Drumtennent c.1560 s Assumption, 33
    Drumtennent 1565 RMS iv no. 1591
    Drumtenand 1642 Gordon MS Fife
    Drumgennand 1654 Blaeu (Pont) East Fife [in error for Drumtennand]
    Drumtennent 1678 Retours (Fife) no. 1166 [pendicle of Drumtenant called Heatherinch (Hetherinch) in the parish of Collessie]
    Drumtenant 1775 Ainslie/Fife [also Drumtenant Hall to the west]
    Drutennant 1828 SGF
    Drumtenant 1856 OS 6 inch 1st edn

G druim + ? G teine

‘Ridge of fire?’. The earliest forms strongly suggest that the n in the final syllable is intrusive. The ending –at/–et/–yt might represent some kind of locational suffix, as found in Tarvit CUP (for which see below, s.n.), thus ‘fire-ridge place, ridge of a place of fire’; alternatively it may be the older genitive singular teinidh, OG tened, thus simply ‘ridge of fire’. For other Scottish place-names containing teine, see Watson 1926, 205, 352, 399, 443, 475. If the name does contain teine, then it may be evidence for the siting of a beacon on the low ridge here on the edge of the flood-plain of the Eden, as a guiding light for travellers across the dangerous moss.

    Drumtenant was thirled to Ballomill (RMS iii no. 2762). Laing writes that in 1625 John Ayton of that ilk was served heir to his father in the lands of Drumtenant (Drumtennand) and the pendicle of the same called Heatherinch (Hetherinch) CLS, adding that ‘Drumtennent (sic) now belongs to George Johnston of Lathrisk’ (Laing 1876, 449).


This place-name appeared in printed volume 4