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A Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue (up to 1700)

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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).

Cabil(l)-tow, n. Also: cable, caibell, kabill. [Tow n.] A cable-rope, cable. 1555–6 Edinb. B. Rec. II. 325.
For ane cabill tow to the waindes
1591 Edinb. D. Guild Acc. 429.
Ane kabill tow … to lat doune the bell
1612 Conv. Burghs II. 375.
The said impost: … caibell towes, hemp, yron, … the last v s.
1746 Row Sermon 3.
After they got us fast, they made the silken threed a cable-tow
1642 Edinb. Test. LX. 121 b.
Certane kabill towes estimat to fyftie pundis

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