Drummillan Pow

New Abbey, KCB NX980659

  • Miln Burn ?1759 John Tait Plan of the farms of Shambelly, Townhead, Wanfoord, Clachrumheads and Barlay, belonging to Charles Stewart, Esqr [Map/F/01]
  • Mill Pow or Drummelling Burn 1782 William McCartney A plan of lands of Airds of Kirkconnell surveyed and drawn with express reference to cause depending between William Copland of Colliston and James Maxwell of Kirkconnell [RHP92609]
  • Mill Pow or Drummelling Burn 1782 William McCartney A plan of lands of Airds of Kirkconnell surveyed and drawn with express reference to cause depending between William Copland of Colliston and James Maxwell of Kirkconnell [RHP92609]
  • Drummillan Burn c.1800 John Gillone Plan of the road from Ingleston Ford to Isle Steps Bridge [RHP92636]
  • Aairds Pow 1820 SHAMBELLIE ESTATE (PLAN No 18): Plan of Carse Farm [Map/BL/03]
  • Drummillan Burn 1840 Enlarged plan of part of Kirkconnell Estate showing proposed new lines of road through Kirkconnell Mains and policies [RHP92638]
  • Airds Pow 1842 John Copland SHAMBELLIE ESTATE (PLAN No 3): Plan of Carse Farm [Map/BL/05]
  • Drummillan Pow 1854 [1850] OS 6 inch 1st edn KCB 34

Elements: en Drummillan; S pow; S burn; S miln; SSE mill; en Airds

Drummillan is Gaelic druim muilinn ‘mill ridge’. A mill (Scots miln) is referred to in the earliest names for the burn. There is some back and forth between Drummillan and Airds (both in Troqueer) as the first element from c.1800 onwards before the OS fixed Drummillan in 1850.

Name Book entry: “A considerable stream or burn rising on the farms of Auchenfad and Millhill and running in a S. Easterly direction forming part of the boundary line betwixt the parishes of Troqueer and New Abbey to its influx with he Solway Firth.” OS1/20/96/12

This entry is still in draft and has yet to be proofed. There are links to the sources of historical forms of the name, where spellings can be checked.