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Kachepele, Kachepull, n. Also: kaichspell, kaitchpell, kaichpeel; kaitch(e) pull(e, -pule, kaichpuill, kechpule, kechepwill, kechespoill, keitchepule, keatchepoill. [MDu. and Flem. caets-spel, e.m. Du. kætsspel ludus pilæ et sphæristerium, locus exercitio pilæ destinatus, f. caetse Cache n. and spel play, game; var. of Cach(e)pell n. Cf. Keich-ball (and see Kaiche n.).]a. The name of a game similar to tennis. b. A court for playing this. c. Attrib. with doore, ȝard.a. 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, kaitchpullis
b. (a) 1539–40 Reg. Privy S. II. 505/1.
All proffit … of oure soverane lordis kachepelis within his realme
1563 Prot. Bk. T. Johnsoun 135.
[Done at Linlithgow, in the Queen's] kaichpeel
1597 Acts IV. 155/2.
That the housis … , ȝardis, doucattis, kaichspell [etc.] … cituat within … the priorie … of Sanctandrois … is … decayit
1636 Edinb. Test. MS. 24 July.
[Inventory of George Thomson, kaichpeller,] For ane yeris maill of ane kaitchpell xx lib.
(b) 1539 Treas. Acc. VII. 168.
Deliverit to William Bell to help him to big ane kechpule in Striveling xx li.
1580 Ib. MS. 17 b.
For ballis furnist to his hienes in George Boiswells keitchepule
1583 M. Works Acc. (ed.) I. 313.
Kechepwill, kechespoill
c1610 Melville Mem. 222.
He was lyk ane vnskilfull player in a keatchepoill, runnyng euer efter the ball; wheras ane expert player wald ... dicerne wher the ball will leicht
1628 Edinb. Univ. Chart. 125.
That none frequent kaitchpulles nor use unlawfull games as cairtes or dyce at any time
1629 M. Works Acc. XXIII. 22 b.
lv kairtfull of paithment to the kaitchpule
1641 Reg. Great S. 368/2.
Cum horto ex oriente de kaichpuill spheristerii
c. 1556 Prot. Bk. G. Grote (S.R.S.) 14.
[Conjunct fiar of the tenement, with] kachepullȝard
1629 M. Works Acc. XXIII. 25 b.
Ane pair of bandis … to the kaitchepule doore

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