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Round Tabill. Also: Rounde, Rownd(e and Tabyll, Table. [ME and e.m.E. ronde tabell (Cursor M.); Round adj. and tabill.]

1. The ‘round table’ of Arthurian legend, applied to the Knights of the Round Table, collectively. b. The table itself or a place associated with it. 1477–8 William of Worcester Itineraries (1969) 6.]
[Rex Arthurus custodiebat le Roundtable in Castro de Styrlyng aliter Snowdonwest castell
c1420 Wynt. v 4363.
Quhare he and hys Rownd Tabyll qwyte Wes wndone and discumfyte
a1500 Gol. & Gaw. 225.
The roy with his Round Tabill, richest of ryne
c1550 Lynd. Meldrum 1320.
He was als abill As onie Knicht of the Round Tabill
b. 1596 Dalr. I 223/28.
He [sc. Arthur] caused a round table to the forme of a croune be maid. The place in quhilke al thir vset to sit, … our countrey men … vset to name King Aarthures round table. The sam selfe table … haue my selfe seine quhair it is solemnelie keiped … in the castel of Wintoune [= Winchester]

2. As a place name element, sometimes connected locally with the Arthurian legend. 1375 Barb. xiii 379.
Be-newth the castell [of Stirling] went thai sone Rycht be the Round Table away
14.. Reg. Episc. Aberd. I 306.
Terra Roberti Wode … nuncupata lye Rownde Tabill
c1500 Cart. S. Nich. Aberd. I 69.
De tenemento suo in Abirdene videlicet le rownde tabill
1530 Lynd. Test. Pap. 634.
Adew, fair Snawdoun, with thy touris hie, Thy chapell royall, park, and tabyll rounde
1641 Aberd. B. Rec. III 270.
The mercheant booth … lyand in the Round Tabill

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