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Rolling, Rowing, vbl. n.2 Also: rowe-, rou-; rolle-, roul-, rowll-; rove- and -yn(g. [Late ME and e.m.E. rolyng (a1440); Rol(l v.2]

1. The action of rolling, in senses 1, 3, 4 (and 4 b), 6 and 9 of Rol(l v.2 (1) To twa werkmen for rowing of the pulder and bullettis furth of the sellar; 1573 Treas. Acc. XII 344.
In the wrang for … rowing of full hogheidis … inlangis the said brig; 1585 Glasgow B. Rec. I 116.
Be quhais skill of rowing doun of stanes from ane hiche hill, he vanne ane gritt battell; Hist. Kennedy 1.
(2) He had made a shift by rowing it up and down his mouth to separat what was pleasant to his pallat; 1682 Lauder Observes App. iv 304.
(3) Be … taking ane lang claith … and rowing the bairne nyne tymes within the said claith; 1623 Crim. Trials III 556.
Tua peices for rowing about the stoupis of the best bed; 1658 Boyd Fam. P. No. 236 (27 Feb.).
(4) For xii vedgis rowyn; 1530 M. Works Acc. (ed.) I 33.
To the quarieris … for schairping of thair pickes and rowing of thair wages; 1615–16 Ib. 373.
For rowing of the great quarrell mell; 1617 Ib. II 28.
To the … smyth for rowing of tuentie fyve wadges; 1625 Ib. 174.
For rowing and schairping of thrie dussone of wadgeis at viii d. the peace; 1629 Ib. 220.
To Johne Smith … for roveing and sadding the quarrell mell; Ib. 245.
For rowing sex old wadgeis … for rowing ane yron mell; Ib. 302, etc.
For ane gating meall rouing … 6 s. 8 d.; 1645 Tulliallan Coal Wks. 110b.
To the smyth for rowing of the leauel; 1675 Sheriffhall Coal Accompt 19 June.
For picks & mille roweing; 1678 Fawside Coal Compt 31.
For laying of the kallenders owne pick … sharping of pickes and rowing of wages; 1680 Dumfries Mun. Accs. Box No. 21.
For 90 picks at 4 d. the peice and 57 wadges rowing at 6 d. the peice; 1698 Foulis Acc. Bk. 234.
(b) For … pikkis rolling to the querrell; 1532 M. Works Acc. (ed.) I 90.
For xix waggis rolling, xxxvi pikis scharping; 1535 Ib. 185.
(5) He herd a hevynly melody … Causid be rollyng of the speris round; Henr. Orph. 222.

2. In other senses. a. The action of winding up a clock. Cf. to row up (a clock), Rol(l v.2 5 b. b. The action of playing the game of bowls. a. For rowlling … of the knok; 1583 Glasgow Burgesses 12.
Anent the rouling of the knox in Briggait; 1666 Glasgow B. Rec. III 68.
b. Proclamatioun to be maid discharging … all catchpulling, rolling, playing … and siclyk, in tyme of sermoun on Sonday; 1583 Edinb. B. Rec. IV 265.

3. attrib. and comb. Rolling-stane (stone), a stone hewed into cylindrical form, and used for crushing clods or flattening ground. = Rollar n.2 3. (1) Ane rowing barrell for laidis; 1571–2 Canongate Ct. Bk. 357.
(2) For hewing two rolleing stones for the gairdene; 1656 Glasg. Univ. Mun. III 500.
A rowing stone with an iron frame; 1685 Soc. Ant. LVIII 368.
For helping the rolling stane frame and a help and staple to ane ark; 1689 Foulis Acc. Bk. 114.

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