Bungs Of Cassingray

Bungs Of Cassingray # CBE S NO476076 1 175m

Bungs of Cassingray 1743 NAS SC20/36/6 [Andrew Robertson in Bungs of Cassingray; Indenture, apprenticed under Thomas Young, shipmaster in Leven, in art and vocation of sea-faring]
Bungs of Cassingray 1753 Roy sheet 18, 1
Bungs of Castengray 1775 Ainslie/Fife
Bungs 1827 Ainslie/East Fife
Bungs of Cassingray 1828 SGF
Bungs of Cassingray 1855 OS 6 inch 1st edn

? + Sc of + en Cassingray

The dictionary definition of Sc bung is ‘bung of a barrel’ (DOST), ‘instep of a shoe’ (SND 1) or a cant term for an old, worn-out horse (SND 1), none of which inspires much confidence as the word in question here. It is possible that it represents Sc bing ‘bing, slag-heap’, and is related to the coal-mining which took place in this upland part of east Fife, including on the lands of Cassingray, as indicated for example on Gordon MS Fife (1642) (see CBE Introduction, Coal-mining, for more details). More specifically ‘Coal Pits’ are shown beside West Cassingray, a short distance south of Bungs of Cassingray, on OS 1 inch 1st edn.

This place-name appeared in printed volume 3