Caskieberran KGL S NO262003 1 373 140m
Caskybarian’ 1306 x 1329 Dunf. Reg. no. 352 [marches between Goatmilk (Gathmylc’) and Caskieberran (Caskybarian’)]
Kaskybaran 1332 x 1350 NLS MS.Adv.34.1.3a, fo. 38v [printed Dunf. Reg. no. 330; see KGL Introduction]
Kaskynbariam 1332 x 1350 NLS MS.Adv.34.1.3a, fo. 38v [printed Dunf. Reg. no. 330; see KGL Introduction]
vill<a> de Caskybarian 1448 Dunf. Reg. no. 424 (p. 308) [see Ardeny # KGL above]
the landis of Kaskybarry 1484 ADA, 138 [action pursued by Thomas Simpson(Simsoun’) ‘comptrollar aganis maister Dauid Douglas... for the spoliacioun of xxxi oxin, iiii ky & a hors out of the landis of Kaskybarry’ to appear at ‘the merket corss of Cowp<er> or Kynross be oppin proclamacioun to here the witnes suorn’]
Caskibarean 1654 Blaeu (Gordon) Fife
Caskie Berren 1828 SGF
Caskieberran 1856 OS 6 inch 1st edn.
G gasg + ? bàrr + ?
While the underlying elements in this name, G gasg ‘(tail-like) ridge’, and G b?rr ‘top, summit’, seem fairly certain, it is less clear how exactly the name is to be interpreted, or what the final syllable represents. A straightforward diminutive –an (i.e. b?rran ‘little top’) is unlikely because of the forms in barian’,–bariam, barian and –barean. The medial n (in Kaskynbariam) might suggest an original definite article an ‘of the’, but as it occurs only once it is easier to explain as some kind of scribal quirk. The first element may in fact be an adjective from gasg, gasgach ‘ridgy, with a ridge or ridges’.
Now a part of Glenrothes New Town, the NGR is from the OS 6 inch (1938).
/ˈkaskɪ ˈbɛrən/ or /ˌkaskɪˈbɛrən/
This place-name appeared in printed volume 1