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Tabill-stane, n. Also: table- and -stain(e, -stone. [Late ME (north.) tabil ston(e (c1467-9).] A coping stone, stone used for this purpose. — 1554 Aberd. B. Rec. I 281.
Findand sufficient hewyn stanes to the haill wark with the tabill stane of the gavillis and makand the said tolbuith vattirthicht
1569 Crail B. Ct. 20 Oct.
The said James sall … sett the pait stanis in the myddis of the foirsaid gawill and table stanes vpoun the thak of the said Robert hows
1616 Edinb. B. Rec. VI 379.
To the querriour … sex table stainis of five futtis
1628 M. Works Acc. (ed.) II 241.
vij kairtis with balesteris and tabill staine ilk kairt at x s. … ane singill draucht of balesteris and tabill at vi s. viii d. the kairtfull
1694 Elgin Rec. II 409.
The syd walls to be tuell foots high with hewen table stone on the top of the walls and hewen peatt stons on the gabills

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