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Tabil(l, Table, Taffel(l, n. Also: tabil(l)e, -yll, -el(l, -all, -ul(l)-, -ule, tablie, tabbl-, thabill, taibill, -le, teabell, -le, taf(f)il(l, taffold, tafle, taphill, -ell, taiffill, -ell, taifill, -ell, -le. [ME and e.m.E. table (1175), tabel (c1250), tabil (a1425), tabull (1519), tabyll(e (1543), OF table, L. tabula, MDu., MLG tafele, taffele.]

1. A tablet for writing on. a1400 Leg. S. xlii 277, 282.
Thane hewinely men, … A tabil mad … & wrytine ves in that tabil Rycht fare lettire & legeable [etc.]
1454–5 Edinb. Chart. 79.
Thare sal be made a brase for his lair … and aboue the brase a table of bras with a writ specifiand the bringing of that rillyk be him in Scotland
1506 Treas. Acc. III 194.
For tua tabellis, ane penhorn and inkhorn, to the king
c1520-c1535 Nisbet 2 Cor. iii 3.
Ye ar the epistilis of Crist ministerit of vs, and writtin, nocht with ink, bot be the spirit of God leving; nocht in staan tabilis, bot in fleschlie tablis of hart
1531 Bell. Boece I xxxix.
As Ptolome writtis, in his first table
1549 Compl. 46/25, 26.
The childir of Seth … var the fyrst inuentours of the art of astronomie … the quhilk art thai grauit vitht lettris … in tua tablis of stane. Ane of the tabilis vas of baikyn stane, and the tothir tabil of onbaykyn stane
1585 Cart. S. Nich. Aberd. II 387 (see 2 below).
1596 Dalr. I 1/8.
Mycht sett doun as in ane bredd or table, a certane ernist or hett affectione of the Catholik religione

b. The tablets on which certain of the ancient Greek and Roman laws were inscribed. c. The tablets on which the ten commandments were inscribed.b. c1420 Wynt. iv 1098, 1100 (C).
To Rome the lawis broucht war then Wryttyn in to tabillis ten. The Romanis … To thaim ekyt tabillis [W. tablis] twa
1456 Hay I 45/29.
The first lawis civile that was brocht to Rome fra Athenes … and was wrytyn in x tablis of evore, to the quhilk the Romaynes ekit twa, and ar callit to this day the lawis of the tuelue tablis
14.. Acts (1566) Pref.
The Romanis … had thair statutis … writtin in tabillis and fixit in the maist publique and patent places
1622-6 Bisset I 16/26.
The lawes he [sc. Justinian] institute to put the samyn breve In the twelf tabillis
c. 1533 Gau 8/20.
The first tabil of Moyses contenit the iii first commandis of God
c1552 Lynd. Mon. 559.
He wrait the law, in tablis hard of stone, In thare awin vulgare language of Hebrew
1561 St. A. Kirk S. 71.
The thrid commandiment of God in the secund tabile contened quhar it is wryttyn, Thow sall not commyt adulterie
1567 G. Ball. 7.
God gaif him thir ten commandis, To teiche to mankynde … And wrait thame … Twyse on twa tabillis maid of stane
1583 Melvill 152.
Christian princes and godlie magistrates, wha sould be nurishes of the Kirk, and keipars of bathe the tables
a1658 Durham Commandments 189.
The Lord layeth both tables [of the Commandments] together, to tell that they must march up together in our practise

2. The board or flat surface on which a picture is painted; the picture itself. c1500 Coll. St. Salvator 162.
A tabill of the vernakill in the vestre
1506 Treas. Acc. III 181.
To the payntour for ane tabill he gaif to the king … vij li.
1519 Reg. Episc. Aberd. II 176.
Ane tabil of the crucifix
1585 Cart. S. Nich. Aberd. II 387.
For the pantin and wrettin of the twa tabillis aboune the weddin kirk dur
1581-1623 James VI Poems I 157/399.
My spreit a table lyke that uoyde hath but a frame
1622-6 Bisset II 342/12.
The imaige … of Marie … in ane tabill paynted
1611-57 Mure True Crucifixe 1389.
[He] exprest Vpon his table: meerly ignorant Whether in shape, this new-created saint Lookt liker Christ.
1630 Bamff Chart. 222.
Twa great tables wrocht weill in Holland, the ane of the historie of Abrahame feasting the angells, the uther of the historie of Isaak and Jacob
1681 Stair Inst. ii i § 39.
The ground, board or table of a picture

b. ? A tabula, a metal or cloth frontal for an altar, tabernacle, etc. 1498–9 Acta Conc. II 297.
It was allegit be the sade Margret that the table or tabernacle of gold of the ymage of Sanct Katryne … was gevin til hir be the sade umquhile Roberts … til preif … that the sade … Robert … gaif hir the saide table and tabernacle of gold
1508 Treas. Acc. IV 43.
ix elne wellus to be ane table abone the altar for the mortstand
1511 Treas. Acc. IV 532.
Foure howsouris, ane of purpour satin, … tua of quhet dammes … and the ferd of gray dammes … to be reformit and maid in vestimentis, tabulis, and altar pendis for the chapellis of Striveling and the Abbay

3. A game, appar. chiefly backgammon, chess, draughts or dice. Chiefly pl.Some examples may belong in b. c1420 Ratis R. 1246.
[To] play … Now at the tablis, now at the ches
1456 Hay I 175/31.
To be kepit as prisonaris suld be kepit, and nouthir to play at ches, na tableis, in tavernis, na in hallis
1496 Treas. Acc. I 305.
To the king to play at the tables, iiij li. xiij s.
1502–3 Treas. Acc. II 353.
1507 Treas. Acc. IV 76.
Item, to the king quhilk he tynt at the taibles and gaif away, iij li. x s.
1525–6 Treas. Acc. V 255.
Item, … to the king at the tabillis xxviij s.
1533 Bell. Livy II 76/15.
Eftir that he was plaing at the tabillis [L. tesserarum], and had cassin ane happy cast
1545 15th Rep. Hist. MSS App. viii 21.
And ever I happin … to play at cartis, dyse, tabblis … wytht any man [etc.]
c1550 Lynd. Meldrum 893.
Thay past the time with ches and tabill, For he to euerie game was abill
1569-73 Bann. Memor. 218.
Mr. Walter Gourlay … fand him playing at the tables with the laird of Bargany
a1578 Pitsc. I 187/3.
The duik and the captane ȝeid to the tabillis and plyed [I. playit] for the wyne
1598 James VI Basil. Doron 194/1.
Quhen ye haue na other thing adoe … then I saye maye ye laufullie playe at the cairtes or tables, for as to dycing … it becummis best deboshed soldatis to playe at … being onlie reulid be hazairde … & as for the chesse I thinke it ouer fonde because it is ouer uyse & philosophike a folie
1605 Rec. Old Aberd. I 38.
That na yeoung man … play at cartis tabillis or dyss
1695 Foulis Acc. Bk. 181.
Lost at carts and tables at Sauchie with Adam Rae, Sauchie, etc. £1 16 s. 8 d.

b. The board on which a game such as backgammon, chess, etc. was played. Also pair of tabillis, appar. the two folding leaves of such a board. Also attrib. with chaker and men, see Chekker n. 1. 1530 Balmerino and L. Chart. ii 33.
ij pairs of thabills with thair men
1537 Treas. Acc. VI 464.
Gevin for tabillis and chessmen to the kingis chalmer xxvij s.
1582 Treas. Acc. MS 41b.
Ane pair of brissell taiblis to his hienes chalmer
1584 Edinb. Test. XIII 191b.
Ane pair of tabillis & ches with men
1600 Black Bk. Taymouth 336.
Ane pair of tabillis of brissell, indentit with brissall with xxvii men of bane and thre of tymmer
1612 Bk. Rates (Halyb.) 330.
Tables called playing tables, of yuorie bone the pair vi li., of brasel the pair iii li., of common sort the pair xx s.
1684 Reg. Privy C. 3 Ser. IX 60.
Every person … who hes in ther house a pair of tables, cards or kylles … for gentlemens divertisement
1687 Bk. Old Edinb. C. XXVII 141.
I thought upon the drawght table

4. A table, the article of furniture. Also attrib. Also tabil of propositione (see Propositio(u)n(e n. 1). Also to drink (someone) under the table.(1) 1513 Treas. Acc. IV 486.
Greit dalis for the powpat of the greit schip and to be tabilis
1610 Hist. Kinloss A. xi.
Ane wallnot tree tabill, with ane Tourkey carpet thereto
1635 Haddington Corr. 301.
Ane maber table
1654 Edinb. Test. LXVIII 5b.
Twa litle tabillis and twa chairis
1657 Balfour Ann. IV 384.
A litle table … quher a riche couered bible did lay
1683 Inv. in Donibristle Mun. (Earl of Moray's MSS) 4 (9-10 May).
A large round waindscot table
1685 Soc. Ant. LVIII 357.
A bairns table
1685 Soc. Ant. LVIII 365.
A kitchin table with a firme
attrib. 1619 Kirkcudbr. B. Rec. II 240.
To pey … xx lib. … for a tabill tub
(b) 1562 Will A. Betoun 224.
Ane taiffill of ayk
1580 Aberd. B. Rec. II 35.
Ane Danskin taffell, the pryce ten lib., twa taffellis, ane small ane gryter, of Scottis wark, pryce fyve lib.
1581 Brechin Test. I 47.
1586 St. A. Test. II 56b.
Ane litill tafill of fir without band or lid
1590 St. A. B. Ct. 8 April.
1593 Prot. Bk. J. Inglis 18 May.
Ane burd taiffill with ane forme
1615 Haddington Corr. 290.
1621 Barcaldine Inv.
Tua littill furmis for the taffell
1621 Barcaldine Inv.
Ane four fittit taffill with ane four fittit scheir
1623 Orkney & Shetl. Test. I 93a.
Nyne schort buird claithes for taifles & chalmer buirdis
1630 Bamff Chart. 222.
Ane taffill of aik of drawing leaffis, ane round taffil of waynscot lockit
1641 Old Ross-shire I 124.
Ane falding taiffill [pr. taissill]
1645 Aberd. B. Rec. IV 47.
Ane wreiting burde … a little taffold for holding of the small weichtis
c1650 Spalding I 36.
Ane four nvikit taffill maner of ane altar standing within the kirk, haueing standing thairvpone tua bookis
1652 Edinb. Test. LXVI 77b.
1652 Edinb. Test. LXVI 77b.
1661 Brechin Test. VI 207.
Ane counter tafle, ane seat at the head thairof
attrib. 1593 Edinb. Test. XXV 51a.
Aucht gros of the xxiiij taffell pasmentis at xj s.
1606 Edinb. Test. XLI 226b.
Taffill pasmentis
1616 Edinb. Test. XLIX 162b.
1625 Brechin Test. IV 198a.
1617 Edinb. Test. XLIX 342b.
Threttie sex bolt taifell worset at sevin pund ten the dosane
1626 Edinb. Test. LIII 265b.
Aucht bout of narrow taifill worset
(2) 1653 Binning Wks. 391.
Some boast of drinking, and being able to drink others under the table

5. A table for use at formal meetings, etc.See also Marbre n. 1 (2) and Round Tabill 1 b.(a) c1560 Perth Convener Ct. Bk. No. 24.
That we [sc. the craftsmen] … put ane table in the ravestry quhair the said counsall sittis
1643 Sc. Eccles. Soc. IX 129.
That thair should be built befoir the pulpet ane convenient seat of tymber for the reidar as in uther kirks and the elders to sit at the tabil or boord befoir the pulpet
(b) c1650 Spalding I 38.
The marshall places the prelatis and nobillis in ordour rankit eftir thair awin degrie. Then the Erle of Erroll sat doun in ane chear, and he in another syde for syde, at ane four nvkit taffill set about the foir face of the Parliament and coverit with grein claith

6. A table upon which food, etc. is served, chiefly, at (the, one's, etc.) table, also in tabill, in lit. use, also at (the, one's, etc.) meal. Passing into sense 6 b below.(1) c1500-c1512 Dunb. Tua Mar. W. 34.
Ane cumlie tabil coverit wes … With ryalle cowpis apon rawis full of ryche wynis
1513 Doug. vi ix 151.
Ryche tablys dight for maniory
15.. Clar. ii 1853.
Scho baid … Clariodus to stand besyd the tabill And be ane carvour
1560 Rolland Seven S. 4538.
The knicht … commandit ane new tabill be set With new naiprie and vther coursis get
1613 Sc. Ant. I 74.
The said maister sall furnisch the taible twyse in the oulk with cleyne naiprie
1643 Edinb. Test. LX 236b.
Ane furneshet caice with knyfes for ane table pryce thairof iiij lib. xvj s.
1653 Soc. Ant. XXIII 305.
A halfe folding table, with a eating table
16… Innes Sketches 548.
Item for reneweing of linine for beadds teable and shirts 200 merks
(b) 1630 Aberd. B. Rec. III 29.
1646 Aberd. B. Rec. IV 63.
To provyde ane taffell and have the samen coverit at the mercat croce, with confections, and to provyde wyne and glasses
attrib. c1605 Pitsc. Add. (1728) 237.
The king made a solemn feast to the ambassador … himself sat on the right side of the table-end, and his queen on the left
a1649 Drummond Wks. (1711) 74.
Girded about him with a towel or table-napkin, of a comely and reverend aspect
1658 Glasg. Univ. Mun. III 547.
Table lining
1681 Dauney Anc. Sc. Melodies 23.
We renounce … Sabbath days feastings, blythmeats, banquetings, … table-lawings [etc.]
1685 Acts VIII 479/1.
To take off the prohibition of importing holland cloth, lawne, camerick, musseline and table linnings as they find it expedient
1694 Inchmahome Pr. 160.
Ane dusson of table knyfs, with silver hefts
(2) 1494 Loutfut MS 1b.
The mesis [Lindsay MS maisis] and metis seruit befor the king at his tabill
c1500-c1512 Dunb. Tua Mar. W. 38.
As thai talkit at the tabill … Thay wauchtit at the wicht wyne
c1500-c1512 Dunb. (OUP) 132/51.
Sa far above him set at tabell That wont was for to muk the stabell
1517 Treas. Acc. V 128.
Item, in my lord Archdenis at the table to Grame, the kingis tabornar, for his expensis, xx s.
1567 G. Ball. 130.
Quhen euer thow sittis at thy tabill, Thy bairnis sall stand round about thé
1572-5 Diurn. Occurr. 104.
Thai all past to the greit hall to the supper, quhair at ane tabill sat the quenis majestie at mydburd … and … [the] ambassatour for Savoy at the burd-end
1646 Moray Synod 73.
Living in a miserable meane conditione in the countrey for the most part at other men's tables
1560 Rolland Seven S. 7143.
Pleis ȝow to tak sic pane, Into my hous to dine with ȝour souerane … cleith ȝow vp richelie … And sit thairat in tabill with the king

b. (Provision of) food, a meal, board. Also pl. Also to kepe, hold, provide, table, to provide (food, etc.).(1) sing. 1500 Halyb. 260.
For his tabyll in my hous half a ȝer 3 li.
1561 Treas. Acc. XI 76.
Expensis maid upoun the lordis of secreit counsale table furnesit for twa mace
1596 Dalr. I 315/13.
The Scotis … war content with ane only table in thair hous, and that verie sobre
1642 Comm. Univ. III (St. A.) App. 208.
The New College shall have als much victual as shall serve for the provision of their table
1666-74 Fraser Polichron. 141.
[This Bishop] kept noblemens children with him for table and lodging
1676 Cunningham Diary 76.
To my wife for our diet or table, £80
1684 Sc. Ant. XI 19.
For his own teabell and his servants quarterlie … £60
pl. 1654 Johnston Diary II 242.
I was … at his son's mariage, and was wearyed to the heart with the idle discourses and longsom tables
(2) 1564 Edinb. B. Rec. III 184.
Maister Jhonn Spens … to … caus the stewert of Jhonne Knox hous to keip table to him vpoun the townis expenssis
1567 G. Ball. 92.
Thow ane tabill dois prouyde Befoir me, full of all delyte
1570 Warrender P. (SHS) I 86.
It is necessar that he have estait of the king to bear ane honest port and to hald ane tabill for conquising the favouris of the nobilitie
1600-1610 Melvill 677.
We keipit ane honnest tabille and ludgeing hous altogidder, quhairunto resorted many honest men and britherin of the best sort
1658 Glasg. Univ. Mun. III 547.
The said William sall keep a good and becoming table for them in meat, drink, lining, coale, candle, and all thinges necessary

c. To keip table, to attend (another's) table, to receive hospitality from someone else. 1590–1 Reg. Privy C. IV 596.
Sic as keipis table within his hienes house, sa lang as thai sal happin to mak residence thair, pay nichtlie for thair beddis xii d. onlie

7. transf. The company assembled round a table, orig. at a meal, also, those received or entertained in such company. Also attrib. See also Round Tabill 1. c1420 Wynt. v 4350.
How he [sc. King Arthur] held in till hys yherys Hys Tabyll Rownd wyth hys Dowchsperys
c1450-2 Howlat 657 (A).
Thus assemblit thir segis syris senȝeourable … For the temporalite tretit in table The stern empriouris style thus staitly restord is
a1500 Colk. Sow Prol. 9.
Erlis barronis and knychttis chevelrous … Ar assemblit … Thair talk that tyme in table honorable Befoir lordingis and ladeis amiable
c1500-c1512 Dunb. (OUP) 19/107 (B).
Off frustrat speiking in court in kirk and table In wordis vyle, in vaneteis expreming
c1500-c1512 Dunb. G. Targe 124.
Thare was Bacus the gladder of the table
1513 Doug. v Prol. 26.
Quha lauchis not, … in thar barnage, Genyus, the god, delytyth not thar tabill, Nor Juno thame to kepe in bed is habill
attrib. 1641 Baillie I 342.
Chamber and table discourse, for argument, flum-flams, and fanfares, could not be treasons

b. Those taking part in a formal meeting, a council or committee. 1558-66 Knox II 409.
Ledingtoun … spak secreitlie to the quene in hir eare; what it wes, the tabill hard nocht
1640 Kirkcudbr. Min. Bk. 69.
If you failȝe be assured you shall incur the censure of this table [sc. the committee of the Stewartry]
1642 Kirkcudbr. B. Rec. II 684.
The table charges John Carsane … to decist fra the casting of the stank and dicht … vnder the pain of fourtie pundis
1656 Kirkcudbr. B. Rec. II 1021.
The judges for the saidis abuses and impairtinent discourses before the tabill did fyne the said William in fyve markis
1685 Black Bk. Kincardineshire 9.
Wee undersubscryvers doe … declare … that all these … protestations and erecting and keeping council tables that were used in the beginning and for carrying on the late troubles were unlaull and seditious

c. The (Green(e) Table(s, the committee formed in 1637, to defend the Presbyterian system.‘The Council gave its consent to the election by the supplicants of commissioners to represent them, and subsequently to the development of these commissioners into the body known as ‘The Tables,’ consisting of four delegates from each estate—an action almost tantamount to recognition of a rival administration.' Dickinson Source-bk. III 93. 1638 Baillie I 106.
The Tables in Edinburgh wrote to them, that thirty-nine presbytries already had chosen their commissioners
c1650 Spalding I 129.
The index of thir haill actis wes directit be the Table (as it is now called) sitting in Edinburgh, to the haill kirkis within the diocie of Abirdene
?c1675 J. Gordon Hist. I 28.
Thes sexteen … were appoynted to give intelligence to all qwartars of the kyngdome to ther associatts, of all that past betuixt the king, the councell, and them; … after a certaine tyme, [they] wer to be freed of that charge; and … others to be putt in ther places … and so fordward by turnes. It was they who … wer knowne under the name of the Tables, or mor commonly the Greene Tables
a1676 Guthry Mem. 45.
Next the Tables at Edinburgh were careful to inform the presbyteries concerning the constituent members of the assembly [etc.]
1693 Sage Fundam. Chart. Presb. Pref. Sig. B 4c.
The Covenant as required, then, to be subscribed, by the Green Tables, is set down at full length in the manuscript

d. Watters taibill, ? = watir court (Wat(t)ir n.). 1622 Mar & Kellie MSS Suppl. 127.
This entrye of his to the King's service can not but pleis his Majestie weill … The pentione being payed, the ease of his dyet at the watters taibill, and his retraite to my Lord Steward his unkill, can not but serve him to verrye good purpos

8. fig. (The ceremony of) the Eucharist in the pre-Reformation or, more commonly, communion in the post-Reformation church, also the godlye (Lordis) table. 1560 Bk. Disc. 187.
The tabill of the Lord is then most rychtlie ministred quhen it approacheth most ney to Christis awin actioun
a1561 Q. Kennedy Breif Tract. (ed.) 143/13.
Disponand our selues one to the godlye table, lat vs nocht luke sklenderly apone the breade … on[der]standand in that haly table to be the lame of Gode
1574 Edinb. Kirk S. MS 5 Aug.
Abstractit him self frome the participatioun of the Lordis table
1578–9 Edinb. B. Rec. IV 99.
The taibill of the Lord suld be celebrated vpon Sonday nixt … Lucas Wilson, dene of gild, to prepair for the said taibill all thingis necessar
1627 Orkney Rentals iii 76.
Thair is off communicanttes in the parichon off Stennes seuin scor or thairby, that orderlie and yeirlie presenttes themselffis to the tabell
1650 Lamont Diary 15.
The communion was giuen at Sconie … both Durie and his lady was debarred from the tabel, because of ther malignancie

b. lit. The table used for Communion in the post-Reformation church. c. Those assembled at such a table, the communicants. Freq. pl.b., c. 1573 Canongate Kirk Treas. Acc. in Hay Post-Ref. Ch. Archit. 178.
Ane daill to be ane tabill to the Communion
1596 St. A. Kirk S. 815.
Robert Williamsoun, Jhone Hagy [etc.] … Patrik Littiljhone and Thomas Craig, to servie the taball with bred and wyne
1614 S. Leith Rec. 12/1.
To stand at the heid tabill Gilbert Lambe John Mathesoune
1631 S. Leith Rec. 20/2.
Ordained to attend the tables for the bread bairing
1650 Edgar Old Church Life 16 n.
It was granted to the minister to build a single desk betwix the foresaid seatt and the pulpit, provyding it injure not these that sitt beyond nor the standing of the communion tabiles
1678 Aberd. B. Rec. IV 299.
The counsell recomends to the maister of kirkwark to caus buy tuo boord clothes of good Dornick lining for the vse of the comunione tables in the kirks of this brughe
1678 Craven Ch. in Orkney 69.
After sermon there were thirteen long tables served
1695 Cullen Kirk S. II 12 May.
Celebration of the holy sacrament … collected at the church doors & tables 36 libs. 3 s. on Saturday, Sunday & Munday

9. A listing (of regulations, laws, names, etc.) in tabular form, an index. Also attrib. 1490 Irland Mir. III 56/31.
Twa bukis I maid … Ane is of the commandmentis … The tothir is of the tabill of confessioun, [in] the forme of this sacrament ar the wourdis of absolucioun of the preist quhen he assolȝeis the synnar
c1500-c1512 Dunb. (OUP) 15 heading.
The Tabill of Confessioun
1531 Bell. Boece I 39.
Thir constitutionis … war colleckit togidder in tabillis [M. tabullis]
1533 Bell. Livy I 74/1.
The proces and maner of euery religioune … to be drawin out of his bukis to be inserit in public tabillis
a1538 Abell 2*a.
Tabil alphabeit folloand schawys quhat leif, quhat part of the leif ȝe sal fynd the mater at ȝe desyr
1551 Hamilton Cat. 217.
This sacrament [sc. of Penance] is the second tabil or buird quhilk is ordanit to saif al thame that ar schipbrokin eftir baptyme
1559 Reg. Privy S. V i 143/2.
Short Introductioun Elementar degestit into sevin breve taiblis for the commodius expeditioun of thame that ar desirous to reid and write the Scottish toung
1598 Acts IV 175/1.
Ane tabill of the haill horneris within the realme
15… Misc. Spald. C. II cxiv.
The tabill quhilk ves at Cowper of al the Erles of Erroll quhilk ver buryd in the Abbey Kirk thair
1649 Edinb. Surgeons 206.
Hector McLy is to be censured for ryving and abstracting of the note maid of his censure in relatioun to the table anent Quintyne Shaw
1682 Edinb. Surgeons II 251.
John Jossie had deserted the calling and had betaken himselfe to the apothecaries table
1682 Edinb. Surgeons II 251.
Craving a separation not only of the tuo imployments of chirurgerie and pharmacie … but also of the two tables
attrib. 1535–6 Selkirk B. Ct. (ed.) 165.
Ve ordand our chartor, precepe [etc.], … to be copiet fathfully in tabyll forme
1570 Canongate Ct. Bk. 270.
He careit … in the said Johnne boit ane tabill toll ressavit be him fra the Admirallis officiaris

b. A listing of cases in the order in which they are to come before a court, etc. 1495 Acta Conc. I 423/2.
The saidis clerkis sall mak a table amangis thaim of all summondis
1496 Acta Conc. II 28.
The first summondis and contenewacions as thai stand in the tablys and contenewacions made on the bak of the summondis [are to] be first decydit
1496–7 Acta Conc. II 44.
Alexander Hepburne … askit ane act that Patrik Gordoun was content til ansuere to the summondis rasit … apone him, nochtwithstanding that he was nocht callit be the table nor his day was nocht cummyn efter the tenore of the sade table
1519 Acta Conc. MS XXXII 178a.
This present sessioun … to begyn and have proces eftir the forme of the table and dieting of the cuntreis
1522 Acta Conc. Publ. Aff. xxxiii.
[In 1522] privilegit summondis [had become so numerous that at the beginning of a session the lords assigned for them three days in the week, leaving one day for the] kingis table [and only two days for litigants of the] commoun table
1537–8 Acts Sederunt i 31.
1541–2 Acts Sederunt i 43.
His Grace is hevelie impeschit be thame; therfor prayand and requirand the saidis lordis to call baith the saidis partyis befor tham and tak cognicioune in the said mater, but ony summondis, diat or tablie, and do justice to baith the saidis partyis equalie therinn with expedicioune
1565 Instit. Ct. Sess. in Edinb. Univ. MS La.iii.388a, fol. 13a.
Anent the Monundayis tabell quhairin ar tabulat all sumondis of reductionis
c1575 Balfour Pract. 272.
Wednisday, The commoun tabill of the four quarteris of the realme … Friday, The kingis actiounis, strangeris, and the puir
c1575 Balfour Pract. 312.
The lordis … ordanis that na summoundis be callit bot be ordour of tabill
1579 Exch. R. XX 547.
Everie ane of thame wer lauchfullie callitt be the ordour of the table of chaker at the dayis appoyntit to thame
a1633 Hope Major Pract. II 241, etc.
At the first begining of the sessione, all actions wer put up in a roll be the clerk as they came in … and that roll wes callit the ‘table’

c. A tabular listing of customs duties, etc. 1555 E. Loth. Antiq. Soc. VII 51.
Expensis to the custumaris to ryde to Edinburgh to gett the tabill of thair custumis
1578 Conv. Burghs I 69.
Thair taibillis of pittiecustomes
1597 Acts IV 122/2.
Ane autentik table tobe maid … contening the particulair pryceis of all spaceis of foreyne gold and siluer vsuallie inbrocht within this cuntrey according to the availl wecht and fynnes thairof
1612 Conv. Burghs II 349.
To mak ane particular roll or tabell of customes burgh fra burgh to be registrat in the conventione book
1624 Huntar Weights & Measures Subtitle.
The art of metting measuring & compting all sort of land with diverse tables
1666 Edinb. B. Rec. X 10.
To the effect they may make the weight of their bread according to the table … the pryce and pais at this time sall be as followis viz. the 12 d. loafe … 12 ounce 6 drop … the 6 d. loafe … 8 ounce 4 drop [etc.]
1676 Edinb. B. Rec. X 281.
That there be a table made of the dewties of the said fishmercat

10. = Tablet n. 1. 1507 Treas. Acc. III 253.
For ane tabil of gold to the kingis bonet, xx s.
1538 Treas. Acc. VII 14.
Gevin for ane grete diamand sett in table for the quenis spousing ring, jmjc cronis

11. A flat piece of stone used as a coping, the base of further building, etc.; a coping, etc. formed from such stones. = Tabill-stane n. Also attrib. See also Wattir tabill n. b. ? A similar piece of timber. 1531 M. Works Acc. (ed.) I 64.
For lx pece battilling tabil and sargis for furnysing of the stane werk of the roundis … xx s.
1531 M. Works Acc. (ed.) I 66.
Sargis and tabill to the roundis abone the allering
1539–41 M. Works Acc. (ed.) I 271.
xx pece gret table ilk pece viii d. xxxi pece small table ilk pece iiii d.
1539–41 M. Works Acc. (ed.) I 271.
ic pece double table ilk pece viii d. xli pece small table ilk pece iiii d.
1539–41 M. Works Acc. (ed.) I 279.
To … [the] maister masone … for compleit ending of the foir entre and towre viii futtis abone the jestis aislair werk and the roundis with ane honest table
1616 Aberd. B. Rec. II 340.
Aboue the third voult the said Thomas sall big the fourt voult of tua schellis and shall big ane tabill from end to end … and to found the new wall vpoun the said tabill
1616 Aberd. B. Rec. II 340.
The said Thomas shall ragyell the new gavill with an tabill of frie wark to mack the tolbuith waterthicht
1628 M. Works Acc. (ed.) II 241 (see Tabill-stane n.).
attrib. 1535–6 M. Works Acc. (ed.) I 139.
lx pece tabill battelling and caip battelling
b. 1529 Edinb. Guild Ct. 29 April.
Ane skarisment with tymmer table
1589–90 Mylne Master Masons 68.
With tua timmer tables hewing wark in euerie ane of the twa roundis the ane medwall and the vther abone on the heicht thairof

12. As a place-name element. See also Round Tabill 2. 14… Liber Melros 497.
Moram de Carnetabell & terram de Mauchlyne

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