'villa' or toun of Westercasse, dated 1294, from Joseph Stevenson, Documents
Illustrative of the History of Scotland 1286-1306, 416 [in Strathmigloshire]
Esterchasse, 1294 ibid., 417 [in Strathmigloshire]
Estir Casche, 1451 Exchequer Rolls v 468
to John Bykkertoun son and heir of Alexander B. of Casche the
lands of Casche with their grain-mill and waulk-mill, 1502 RMS (= Register
of the Great Seal) ii no.2647
to Sir William Scott of Balwery the lands of Estir Casche, Westir
Casche with its tower and mill and the west mill of Strethmeglo with its
lands of the west part of the said toun [of Strethmeglo], and 24 acres of
lands of the toun of Pitgorno adjacent to the west end of the toun of
Strethmeglo...and these lands of Estir Casche etc. were united in the barony
of Strethmeglo.... Also common pasture for the lands of Casche and Falkland
in le Lummontis and the muir on the north side of these hills, 1529 RMS iii
Item ..gevin in to Casche quhar the kingis grace drank he beand at
the huntyn, xii s. 17 April 1540 Accounts of the Kings Pursemaster 1539-40
Scottish History Society Miscellany 10 (1965), 43 [i.e. 12 shillings paid to
Cash for providing King James V with drink while he was out hunting]
Eister Casche was made exempt from feu-duties as compensation for
part of its lands having been enclosed and joined to the royal wood of
Falkland. This decision was taken at the Parliament held in Perth in 1606,
noted in RMS vii no.644
the piece of land lie Raecreuk [= Raecruik, Strathmiglo parish]
next to Eister Casche 1612 RMS vii no.644
The name Cash probably comes from the Gaelic word càise 'cheese' (pronounced
kahshu - u as in cup). When Cash first enters the written record in
1294 it forms part of the shire of Strathmiglo, held by the earls of Fife.
It was probably part of the lands of Strathmiglo which were given to Duncan
earl of Fife about 1160 by King Malcolm IV (Regesta Regum Scottorum i
no.190), so it was originally what is termed royal demesne i.e. land owned
directly by the king, and managed for the needs of the court.
Originally Cash clearly specialised in producing cheese, which
would have been for direct consumption by the king, and later by the earl,
his household and his retainers. The name must have been coined while Gaelic
was the main language of Fife i.e from about 850-1200 A.D., probably earlier
rather than later in that period.
It can be compared with a similar name, Goatmilk, on the other
side of the Lomonds in Kinglassie parish, which also lay on royal demesne
land. It was given by King Alexander I (1107-24) to Dunfermline Abbey. It
obviously specialised in the production of goat-milk.
The name is discussed briefly by the Scottish medieval historian
Professor Geoffrey Barrow in his book The Kingdom of the Scots (London,
Post by Jim Stewart
In the myrad of articles, ne stated John's family history. His family name
is Caesche an "Old Scottish Name???"
Oh, and his and June's favorite song was a gospel called "I'll be waiting on
the far bank of the Jordan" or something close to it. Recorded on several
albums and covered (If you can cover J Cash and J Carter) be 225 groups....