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First published 2001 (DOST Vol. X).

Tabil(l) men, Tabell men, Table men, n. pl. [e.m.E. tabylle man (1483), table men (1534).] The pieces used in a board game. Also, once, in sing. 15… Edinb. Test. CC 8/8/1, fol. 187b in Sanderson Rural Soc. 169.
[Chessmen and] tabill men
1539 Inv. Wardrobe 49.
Ane pair of tabillis of silvir ourgilt with gold indentit with jasp and cristallyne with table men and ches men of jasp and cristallyne
1578 Inv. Wardrobe 241.
Ane polk with table men
1585 Perth B. Ct. 10 Sept.
Ane chaker with tabill men
1604 Argyll Acc. 18 Sept.
For tabill men to hir Ladyship
1632 Edinb. Test. LV 280a.
Four stand of tabell men pryce of all xx s.
1632 Edinb. Test. LVI 24b.
Ellevin stand of tabilmen of tymber
1656 Sutherland Bk. III 200.
To my grandchyld … my tablemen of whalebon
sing. 1652 Montgomery Mem. 318.
A litle timber box in nature of a table man

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"Tabil Men n. pl.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 8 Aug 2022 <>



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