The name first appears in
Dundee in 1611. A Thomas Deas was cook to the household of the Dowager Countess of
Southesk, at whose funeral in 1730 the hospitality was so magnificient that catering for
it caused his death, too.
Francis Deas of
Falkland had two sons, Lord Deas (1804-1887), a judge of the Court of Session, and Sir
David Deas (1807-76), Inspector-General of military hospitals and fleets of the Royal