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Survey of English Place-Names

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Dry Stone Knott

Early-attested site in the Parish of St John's, Castlerigg and Wythburn

Historical Forms

  • le Dristanknot, Drystanknot 1303 Cl


'Rocky hill,' v. cnotta (under knǫtt ), or possibly 'cairn of dry stones.'The earliest quotation given in NED for 'dry' in the sense 'without mortar' is dated 1816, and the forms quoted above are two centuries earlier than any example of this usage in Craigie's Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue .