Derivation of Place Names: Drummilling

Drummilling, prior to the building of the estate of houses, was the location of two 17th century farmsteads. These are marked on the 1604 map drawn up by the Reverend Pont in his travels around Scotland.

Isaac Jackson believed that the name came from the Gaelic “Drum” meaning “height” and the middle English “mylen” being “mill” making the “high mill”. Other commentators have regarded the name as “the height of sweet feeding”

However, old Scots has the derivative of the word mailing (e.g. Thirdmailing) as an agricultural property that is rented

In 1390 we have a text from old Scots:

“The qwhilk tounis the forsaid Sir J. has in malyng of Jonet Gourlay”

In 1527 in Selkirk another document:

“I … to have set and to maling latting … ten merkis vorcht of land”

We are therefore left with the fairly reasonable conclusion that Drummilling means the “high farmstead”.

DrummillingHere is a photo from 1914 of the Drummilling fields after Drummilling Road was constructed up to the graveyard but before the other houses were built in the “Varney” estate such as Drummilling Drive and Drummilling Avenue were built.