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Historical References

"COOK, COOKE. A surname derived from the occupation of 'cook,' in Latin documents cociis. A very common name in early Scots records. Richard the cook (coctts) held land in Berwick after 1147 (Kelso, 34) and Jocelin Cocus held land before 1178 (Neubotle, 156). Raginaldus the cook witnessed the gift of the church of Cragyn in Kyle to the Abbey of Paisley, a. 1177 (RMP., p. 232). John Coquis witnessed a charter by Eschina de Lundin in favor of Kelso Abbey, c. 1190 (Kelso, 147), and about the same period Hamone Cocus attested a charter by John, bishop of Dunkeld ( (Inchaffray, p. 5). Radulphus Cocus witnessed resignation of the lands of Ingilbristoun in 1204 (Dryburgh, 163), and Walterus Cocus witnessed excambion of the lands of Dolays Mychel in 1232 (REM., p. 88), and Thomas quocus witnessed a charter by Eggou ruffus of lands to the Priory of May early in the thirteenth century (RPSA., p. 383). There was a family of this name in Fife as early as 1260, when John Cocus de Balcasky and John Cocus and Richard Cocus of Abircnimby witnessed a charter by John de Dundemore to the Priory of the Isle of May (May, 29). Walter the cook held land in Brechin in 1267 (REB., I, 5), and Richard Cook, janitor, witnessed a charter in favor of Dunfermline Abbey in 1274 (RD., 207). "Henricus dictus Koc, pistor" (baker), held a croft in Aberdeen in 1281 (REA., n, p. 279), and Roger Cocus de Inuerdouete witnessed a transaction between Serlo de Lascelis and the prior of St. Andrews in 1288 (RPSA., p. 346). Martin, son of Walter Cocus, held land in Irvine in 1323 (Irvine, i, p. 123), William Cuk was concerned in a dispute anent a doublet in 1398 (CRA., p. 371), John Cuke was burgess of Edinburgh in 1402 (EgidU, p. 39), James Kok resident in Newburgh, Fife in 1479 (LAC., 153), John Cuk a follower of the earl of Cassilis was respited for murder in 1526 (RSS., i, 3386), and George Cuick was merchant burgess of Glasgow in 1645 (Inquls., 3031). Ceuk 1674, Coowk 1686, Gowk 1492, Cuch 1231, Cuik 1566, Cuyk 1540, Cuyke 1519, Cwik 1554, Kewk 1504, Kuyk 1394, and Cwke, Cwyk, Cwyke. (2) In the eighteenth century the Cooks of Arran were MACCOOK, q.v. The popular explanation is that English 'cook' was borrowed into Gaelic as cug, so Iain a' Cug is 'John son of Cook.' Neil Cuke, a follower of Donald Gorme of Sleat, had a remission in 1541 for his share in laying waste Trouterness in Sieve and Kinlochew in Ross (RSS., n, 3943). "(The surnames of Scotland. George Fraser Black, 1866-1948)


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