Daer Water

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Daer Water (Scots: daer; IPA: [døːɾ] and IPA: [deːɾ], northern Scotland IPA: [diːɾ], "doer", "factor", "agent") is one of the streams located in the watershed region which surrounds the River Clyde in Scotland. It begins in the Lowther Hills about 600 metres (2,000 ft) above sea level and joins with Portrail Water near the Lanarkshire town of Elvanfoot at which point they become the River Clyde; the Daer Water flows through the Daer Reservoir which supplies water to the nearby towns of Lanarkshire.[1]


The origin of the river-name Daer may be identical to that of the River Dare in Glamorgan, Wales (see Aberdare),[2] and derived from the Brittonic dār/derw, meaning "oaks, an oakwood" (Welsh dâr, derw).[2] However, recorded forms of this river name leave this equation, proposed by Watson, in doubt.[2]


  1. ^ Michael Pollard (24 October 2002). Great Rivers of Britain: The Clyde, Mersey, Severn, Tees, Thames, Trent. Evans Brothers. p. 9. ISBN 978-0-237-52481-4.
  2. ^ a b c James, Alan. "A Guide to the Place-Name Evidence" (PDF). SPNS - The Brittonic Language in the Old North. Retrieved 25 November 2018.

Coordinates: 55°23′N 3°38′W / 55.39°N 3.64°W / 55.39; -3.64