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Quhele-barrow, Quheil(l)-barrow, n. Also: quheyl(l)-, quhell-, quhile-, whille- and -barow, -barrou, -barra. [ME and e.m.E. wilbarewe (c1340), whelberwe (15th c.), whelebarrowe (1533), whilberow (c1563).] A wheelbarrow. 1498 Halyb. 184.
Cartis and quheyll barrowis
1513 Prestwick B. Rec. 44.
For the vrangvys wythhaldyn of ane trinnyll of ane quheylbarow
1513 Exch. R. XIII 504.
1517 Wigtown B. Ct. 75a.
Quhile barow
1537 Linlithgow B. Ct. 31 Oct.
Quheill barrow
1597 Paisley B. Rec. 199.
For breking of certane quheillbarrows in the Mos of the said burgh
15.. Balcarres P. V 73b.
Whille barowes ii
1612–13 Misc. Spald. C. V 92.
For ane quheil barrou to serue the toune, 12 s.
1618 M. Works Acc. (ed.) II 126.
For sum starupes to quheilbarrowes
1619 Inverurie 205.
Quhell barrows
1623–4 Peebles B. Rec. I 411.
Ane quheill barra to cairrie staines to the calsa

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