Teasses

Teasses CER S NO407080 1 374 190m

Thases 1204 x 1228 SHS Misc. iv (1926), 311 [o.c.; lands of Teasses (Thases) and Kintases and Bandirran (Ballendureth) feued by Earl Malcolm of Fife to Alexander of Blair for a knight’s service]
Kintases 1204 x 1228 SHS Misc. iv (1926), 311 [see preceding]
Colpottis de Tases 1310 x 1327 SAUL MS 37490, no. 1 [see CER Introduction, Coal and Pilgrims]
rivulum bosci de Tases 1310 x 1327 SAUL MS 37490, no. 1 [the burn of the wood of Teasses; see CER Introduction]
Hall-Tacis 1510 RMS ii no. 3511 [Hall Teasses, Hill Teasses and mill of Teasses, along with Bandirran CER (Ballinderane), with other lands in Fife, resigned by George earl of Rothes in favour of Bartons (Bertouns); all incorporated into ‘free holding of Hall Teasses’ (libera tenandria de Hall-Tacis)]
Hill-Tacis 1510 RMS ii no. 3511 [see preceding]
molendinum de Tacis 1510 RMS ii no. 3511 [mill of Teasses; see preceding]
Hall-Tacis 1517 RMS iii no. 148 [Hall Teasses, Hill Teasses and mill of Teasses to George earl of Rothes]
Hill-Tacis 1517 RMS iii no. 148 [see preceding]
(mill of) Tacis et c.1517 RMS iii no. 148 [see preceding]
Taissis mylne 1517 Fife Ct. Bk. 82
Taissis 1518 Fife Ct. Bk. 114
Tacesse 1521 Fife Ct. Bk. 218
Taces 1523 Fife Ct. Bk. 251
(barony of) Tasis 1525 RMS iii no. 315 [‘with castle and mill’ (cum castro et molendino)]
(barony of) Tassis 1546 RMS iii no. 3230 [lands sold by William Scott of Balwearie to David Hering]
duas partes suas terrarum de Hiltassis 1546 RMS iii no. 3230 [‘his two thirds of the lands of Hill Teases’ in the barony of Teasses (Tassis); see preceding]
(barony of) Tassis c.1560 s Purves 154 [?6]
Tessis 1588 St A. Kirk Sess. 629 [‘sche servit the Lady Tessis, in hir cuming and ganging betuix Tessis and Callenge’]
(lands and barony of) Taisses 1613 Retours (Fife) no. 1547 [John earl of Rothes, Teasses (Taisses), Hall Teasses (Haltaisses), Hill Teasses (Hiltaisses), Bandirran (Bandirran) CER, Cocklaw # (Cokless) CER and Kilmux (Kilmux) KWY, with advowson of churches and chaplainries]
baronia de Teas et Craighall 1643 Retours (Fife) no. 658 [Margaret Inglis]
Hilterses 1654 Blaeu (Pont) East Fife
Haltersis 1654 Blaeu (Gordon) Fife
Hilltersis 1654 Blaeu (Gordon) Fife
(lands and barony of) Taisses 1662 Retours (Fife) no. 914 [comprising the lands of Teasses (Taisses), Hill Teasses (Hiltaisses), Hall Teasses (Haltaisses), Teasses Mill (molendinum de Taisses), the lands of Bandirran CER and Cocklaw # (Cockles) CER]
baroni<a> de Teasses et Craighall 1678 Retours (Fife) no. 1169
Hall Teass 1753 Roy sheet 18, 1
Hill Teases 1753 Roy sheet 18, 1
Hall Taises 1775 Ainslie/Fife
Hill Taises 1775 Ainslie/Fife
Taises Mill 1775 Ainslie/Fife
Teassesmill 1855 OS 6 inch 1st edn [NO399108]
Hall Teasses 1855 OS 6 inch 1st edn
Hill Teasses 1855 OS 6 inch 1st edn
Teasses 1855 OS 6 inch 1st edn
Teasses Den 1855 OS 6 inch 1st edn

G tais + G – es

‘Place of damp’, G tais ‘damp, moist, dripping’. The fact that neither the modern nor any of the historical forms show a palatalised s (pronounced /S/) suggests that it derives from OG *tass- (unpalatalised s) rather than *tais- (palatalised s). OIr seems to have both forms, with DIL giving tassa as an alternative of taise (f.) ‘dampness’.

    The place is indeed damp, despite its fairly hilly aspect, a result of the many spring-lines on the estate. These spring-lines (groups of springs following contour lines) are caused by alternating strata of pervious limestone with impervious igneous rock, the spring-lines forming along the base of the pervious strata.

    The castle mentioned in 1525 was probably at Hall Teasses, near where Roy’s map (1753) shows Castlehill.

    Apart from Teasses, OS Pathf. has Hall Teasses, Hill Teasses and Teasses Den.

    /ˈtisəs/[50]

This place-name appeared in printed volume 2