Dryfe Water

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Dryfe Water Valley

Dryfe Water is a river in Scotland about 18 miles in length which flows into the River Annan at grid reference NY 107 820, near Lockerbie.[1] It starts at NT 170 041 on the southern slopes of Loch Fell, near Moffat, and then flows along a narrow valley to the Annan.

Dryfe Water gives its name to the parish, Dryfesdale, and the common Scottish surname, Drysdale. A second name is the much less common surname Dryfe (or Drife). The meaning of the word Dryfe is unknown. It may be from the Old Norse, Anglo-Saxon or Brittonic languages which were all used at different times in Dumfriesshire.


  1. ^ "Overview of Dryfe Water". scottish-places.info. 2011. Retrieved 22 March 2011. 

Coordinates: 55°07′N 3°24′W / 55.117°N 3.400°W / 55.117; -3.400