Note on the term Forest
We inherited the word forest from the Normans in 1066.
It didn’t mean woodland then as it was a term used to denote hunting grounds,
foreshortened from the Latin forestis silva
which literally translates to outside woodland,
but its meaning was of a land separate from central administration or common law.
You could almost stick a pin in any part ( give or take a few miles) of the North East Lowlands of Scotland
and come up with a site related to the root word of our name.
However there are some well documented places to which I have already alluded
and I reckon that I should now attempt to place them on a map of our homeland area.
Since we have usage going back to the time of Malcolm the IV, circa 1150, for Forest of Drimmie
my reckoning is that this Forest would be of quite considerable extent and age at that time.
Cupar Angus Abbey held the Grange of Drimmie which was at Blairgowrie and Rattary
and had pasture in the King's Forest of Drimmie also at this time.
In the reign of King David II, circa 1292 Forest of Drymmie is again noted
and again in the Exchequer Rolls of Scotland
in the account of William of Keth Sheriff of Kyncardyn rendered at Dundee 5th April 1359
the entry reads and nothing for the Forest of Drumme.
In Regesta Regum Scottorum 1365 in a charter of entail to Walter Olliphant
we find this entry recorded. "The Lands of Turin and Drimmie (Dromy)
in the Sherriffdom of Forfar in free Barony Edinburgh".
A sasine of charter, 1555, in favor of George Wishart of Wester Dod,
names the Lands of Drymme or Drum as being in the hands of George Wishart of Drymmie.
These Lands of Drimmie were in the Parish of Maryton in Angus.
Today we have:-
Hill of Drimmie in the Parish of Rattary
Burn of Drimmie which runs off this hill
Four farms in the area are named Drimmie
East Drimmie, Middle Drimmie, Milton of Drimmie and Cairns of Drimmie.
East Drums, Middle Drums and West Drums on the estate of Aldbar, Parish of Maryton, Angus
Drimmie at Rescobie, Angus
Drimmie an estate in the west of Longforgan Parish Angus,
Snabs of Drimmie, an abrupt termination of a bank extending north westwards
from the bold rocky point of Kingoodie about one mile west of Longforgan.
I have nothing earlier than about 1830 for the above Longforgan references
but will be delving into the area at some future date.
Gilbert Ireland of Drimmie 1570 ( this ref: has only topographical relevance and is taken from the Kinnaird website)
On reflection, looking at the spread of Drimmie place names, in use over the period 1150 to 1550
(and indeed right up to modern times)
we can see that they cover an area, which might be assumed to have been,
the extent of The Forest (King's hunting ground) of Drimmie.
From Snabs of Drimmie just south of Dundee in the east, to Hill of Drimmie at Blairgowrie and Rattary in the west, stretching up through Angus to the Lands of Drymme at Maryton.
Now which of these places gave it's name to the forest (King's hunting ground)?
possibly none, then again did the forest being named Drimmie name the places?
Or much more to my liking but fanciful none the less,
was it the Drimmies forest?, the peoples who had settled in the Mearns circa year 400AD from Munster.
Was one, or indeed any number, scattered across the area, of our forebears
given the name John of the Forest of Drimmie, or James of the Lands of Drymme
We will never know.
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Last Update To This Page 31st December 2014 ©Alan Mitchell Drummie 2014