Thomastoun CUP S NO385148 1 25m
Salomone de Thomaistun 1204 x 1229 NAS GD20/1/189 [HMC 8th Report, 304–5; w. charter of Malcolm earl of Fife; see Lindifferon MML]
Thomastoune 1343 RMS i app. 2 no. 883 A [16th c. Index]
Thomastoun 1343 RMS i app. 2 no. 883 B [17th c. Index; Duncan earl of Fife to Roger Mortimer]
Thomastoune 1451 ER v, 467 [‘with its mill’ (cum molendino ejusdem)]
Thomastoun 1497 RMS ii no. 2360 [see Porterland # CUP, discussion]
Thomastoun c.1560 s Assumption, 14
de molendino de Thomastone 1602 Retours (Fife) no. 125 [Ramsay of Brackmont LEU, annual rent of 13 s. 4 d. ‘from mill of Thomastoun’ and lands]
Thomastoun 1623 Retours (Fife) no. 1560 [John Preston, in lands of Thomastoun, with mill, mill-lands and mill-lade]
Thomaston 1654 Blaeu (Gordon) Fife
Thomastoun 1654 Blaeu (Pont) East Fife
terris de Thomastoune cum molendino 1663 Retours (Fife) no. 938 [to John Preston of Airdrie CRA, ‘the lands of Thomastoun with the mill’]
Thomastone 1691 Retours (Fife) no. 1321 [lands and barony of Thomastoun and Pittencrieff]
Tamiston 1775 Ainslie/Fife
Thomaston 1828 SGF
Thomaston 1852 CUPMS:1989.141
Thomaston 1856 OS 6 inch 1st edn
Thomaston 1898 OS 2nd edn
pn Thomas + Sc toun
The eponymous Thomas is almost certainly Thomas of Cupar (de Cupre), who witnesses a charter of the earl of Fife c.1165 × 1172 (St A. Lib. 243). His New Testament name may indicate a French or Anglo-Norman origin, and he is probably linked to the castle of Cupar, which was developing into the administrative centre of the new sheriffdom of Fife. The constable of Cupar at around the same time was called Peter (St A. Lib. 137 and N. Berwick Cart. no. 3). Sir Solomon of Cupar fl.1245 (St A. Lib. 44, 282, 293) can be identified with Solomon of Thomastoun (de Thomastoun) (HMC 8th Report 304–5), and is probably a descendant of Thomas.
There were close links with the castle in the vicinity of Thomastoun still in the fifteenth century. The Porterland of Cupar lay between Thomastoun and Pittencrieff CUP, and with the Porterland (q.v.) went the office of janitor or gate-keeper (porter) of Cupar castle (1497 RMS ii no. 2360).
For the relationship between Thomastoun and Prestonhall CUP, see under the latter. Thomaston disappears from the maps in the second half of the twentieth century (such as the OS 1 inch 7th Series and the OS Pathf.). However, it has been revived in its older form Thomastoun as the name of a new housing estate built on its lands, and as a street-name, Thomastoun Drive.
On 1852 estate plan it forms part of Tarvit Estate.
This place-name appeared in printed volume 4