May G. WilliamsonThe Non-Celtic Place-Names of the Scottish Border CountiesUnpublished PhD thesis , University of Edinburgh, 1942
SCANDINAVIAN (The names are Old WSc unless otherwise stated)Dryfesdale [ in list ] page xxvi
I agree with every bit of that except the last sentence , for it is a generalization , a standardization of 40+ recorded variants of the same name , and Hugh of Dryfesdale was noted first in the year 1274 on the quitclaim of land of Todrig , which was witnessed by Heirs of Aymer Maxwell | Nicholas of Synton, master | Aymer Maxwell | Maurice, chaplain (Coldstream) | Alexander, clerk (Coldstream) | Coldstream Priory | Richard, chaplain of Bishop William of Glasgow, vicar of Ashkirk | Robert of Coldstream, clerk | Alexander of Synton (II), sheriff of Fife | John of Lilliesleaf | John of Musselburgh
A couple of things to note here ... notice there is nothing even mentioned about Driscol , in fact the title clearly points this out
''TheNon-Celtic Place-Names of the Scottish Border Counties''
Driscol originated as a Celtic name . Any body Driscol or Drysdale that claims one is relative to the other clearly has no Idea of the disciple know to most of us as etymology .
Oh those ''Drysdale , another celtic legend'' Tee-Shirts are bull , dont buy that garbage it's a lie ,Sasquatch , Loch-ness monster ,They are legends , my people are real . Know who you come from and be proud .
How about -
The modern spelling of the surname Drysdale developed from the 16th century onwards?
It wasnt until the 17th Century when printers move to regulate commonplace spellings this took place , imported from england.
still there are plenty of variants in use today
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