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Rilling, n. Also: ryll-; relyng. [Var. of Reveling n. See also Rullion n.] A shoe of raw hide. Also ruch rilling, in the same sense.See Goudie Shetl. Antiq. 290–2 for further information.(1) c1500-c1512 Dunb. Flyt. 145.
Ersche katherene, with thy polk breik and rilling
1533 Boece 570b.
Thir rillingis ar ane kynde of schone rowch of raw vnbarkit leddir, quhare with Scottis (conforme to the ald fassoun of Romanis) vsit to pas in weris and hunting
(b) 1535 Stewart 51319.
Relyngis … That Erische men vsis to weir vpone their feit In steid of schone, quhilk maid war of rouch skynnis In falt of buklis prickit war with pynnis
(2) c1475 Wall. (1570) i 219.
Rouch rillingis vpon thy harlotis feit
1513 Doug. vii xi 118.
Ane rowch ryllyng [Sm. rylling] of raw hide and of hair
1535 Stewart 51325.
The Scottis than … For greit dispyte than of the Inglismen Tha rouch rillingis … behind thame than left thair

b. transf., of the wearer of such shoes: Applied by Dunbar to Kennedy as one of several slighting references to the latter's Gaelic origins. c1500-c1512 Dunb. Flyt. 243.
Chittirlilling, ruch rilling, lik schilling in the milhous

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