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DISCHINGTON, (often familiarly contracted into Distin,) a surname well-known in the East Neuk of Fife. In the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries a family of this name held the estate of Ardross in the parish of Elie, now belonging to Sir Wyndham Carmichael Anstruther of Anstruther, baronet. In 1457, Dischington of Ardross was one of the assisors in the Perambulation between the marches of Easter and Wester Kinghorn; and in 1517, Thomas Dischington was captain of the palace of St. Andrews. The following couplet is from an old ballad relative to Crail:

                     Was you eer in Crail town,
Saw you there Clerk Dischington?

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