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First published 1986 (DOST Vol. VI).
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Pot(t)-boul(l, -bowl(l, n. Also: -bowel(l, -bule, -bwle, -buill, -bull, poit-boul; and pate-bowll (Pat(t n.1). [Pot(t n.1 1 f and Boull n.2 1. Also in mod. Caithness and Orkney dial.] A pot-clip. = Pott-clip n.One of a pair of curved rods of metal with hooked ends, which when jointed together, served to lift or hang a pot by its ears or brim.(1) 1552 Dundee B. Ct. II fol. 171 b (13 July).
Ane ladill & potbowlis
1584 Edinb. Test. XIII 191 b.
Ane beif pot … with pot boulis elcruik & ladill of bras
(2) 1560 Stirling B. Rec. I 72.
Ane elcrwk, ane pair of pot bwles
1560 Aberd. B. Rec. XXIV (J).
Ane pair of pot bulis
1573 Edinb. Test. II 336.
Ane pair of pot bowlis set to x d.
1575 Elgin Rec. I 151.
Pot bowlis
c 1578 Maxwell Mem. I 312.
ij pair pott bowllis
1587 Perth B. Ct. 31 July.
Ane pair pott buillis tua s. viij d.
1593 Edinb. Test. XXV 369 b. 1615 Reg. Privy S. 21 Nov.
Ane pair of irone potbowellis
1627 Glasg. Univ. Mun. III 529.
1639 Brechin Test. V 270 b.
1650 Glasgow Trades House 288. 1694 Inchmahome Pr. 163.
Pot boulls
(b) 1585 Prot. Bk. G. Fyiff 39.
Ane irone pot … ane pair of poit boulis

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