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Rollboull, Rowbowl(l, n. Also: -bowle, -bile. [Rol(l v.2 1 and Boull n.1] One of the balls used in the game of bowls. Also, pl., the game 1501 Treas. Acc. II 112.
Giffin to the king himself that he playit at the row bowlis with the prothonotar … , lvj s.
1507 Ib. III 392.
To the king quhilk he tynt at the rowbiles
1554 Crim. Trials I i 372. 1563 Bk. Old Edinb. C. XXIII 105.
The deponar usit … to play at the rowbowlis thairupoun
1570 Wemyss Chart. 201.
With tham four seruandis beand at thair pasttyme at the roll bowlis
1592 Edinb. B. Rec. V 63.
That na inhabitants … be sene at ony pastymes … upoun the Sabboth day, sic as golf, archerie, rowbowllis, penny stane [etc.]
1616 Mar & Kellie MSS Suppl. 72.
Soe as the football and the rowbowles and sutche manly exerceisses maye be practysed … befor his majesties cumming to Scotland
sing. a1586 Maitland Geneal. Setoun 30.
Hauand … tua knoppis on the heid … als grit … as ane roll boull
1620 Ritchie Ch. S. Baldred 188.
George Foster … accusit for … hurting Robert Grant … with ane row-bowle on the face

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