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Foular, Foul(l)er, n. Also: fouliar, fowlar(e, -air, fowler. [ME. fouler, fowler(e, OE. fuᵹelere.] A fowler.Earlier instances occur in the surnames Fuler (c 1320), Fouler (1358), Fowlar (1387), and the place-names Foulerysland (1381), Fowlartoun (1429). a1500 Henr. Fab. 1803 (B).
The awnare off ȝone lint ane fowlare is
Ib. 1823 (Ch).
The lint … Of quhilk the fowlar nettis maid in deid
1496 Treas. Acc. I. 307.
To Widderspune the foulare, that … brocht foules to the King
1506 Ib. iii. 167.
To the fowlar
1567 G. Ball. 112.
Lyke to ane bird taine in ane net, The quhilk the foular for hir set
a1585 Maitl. Q. lxvi. 82.
The fouleris malice comis into my mynd
a1586 Lindsay MS. 82.
Potingaris, fowlaris, fischearis and siclyke
1600 Misc. Bann. C. I. 142.
The fouller quha be his craft ourcoueris the poore foull with his nett
1687 Reg. Privy C. 3 Ser. XIII. 178.
Thomas Gordone, ane fouller in Stradowin

b. Attrib. with craft, dog, net. 1550 Reg. Cupar. A. II. 241.
To vse the office of fowlair craft be himself or be his marrowis
1576 Fam Rose 268.
Ye sal haiue your foular dog in ane bud giue ye dres the maiter
1599 Acts IV. 180/2.
All slaying of … wyld foull and bestis be … nett and fouller dog is speciallie forboddin
a1500 Henr. Fab. 1823 (B).
The lint … Off quhilk the foular nettis war maid indied
1579 Edinb. Test. VII. 226. b.
Foure foular nettis

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