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First published 1963 (DOST Vol. III).
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Litil(l) Johne. Also: Litile, Littill, -le, Lyt(t)il(l and John(ne, Jhon(e, Johanne. [Litil(l a. 3.] Little John, as the lieutenant or companion of ‘Robin Hood’ in leading folk revelry: see further Robin Hude, and Mill Mediæv. Plays 24 f. 1500 Edinb. Guild Reg. in Mill Mediæv. Plays 219.
Jacobus Dun per Willelmum Halkston litil Johne et ea ratione
1508 Aberd. B. Rec. I. 439.
That all personis … habill to ryd … sall rid with Robert Huyid and Litile Johne, quhilk was callit, in yers bipast, Abbat and Prior of Bonacord, one every Sanct Nicholas day
1518 Edinb. B. Rec. I. 176.
Writingis … till excuse him fra the office of Litiljohn, to the quhilk he was chosin for this yeir … and … the vnlaw gif ony he has incurrit for nocht excepping of the said office
That maister Francis Bothwell … is chosin to be Litiljohn for to mak sportis and jocositeis in the toun
1549 Ayr B. Ct. in Mill Mediæv. Plays 166.
Johne Campble barbour desyrit to enter to the fredome of burgesrie gratis for his lawbouris the tyme that he wes litill Johne with William Wallace … that wes Robert Hude for the tyme
1550–1 Ib. 167. 1562 Edinb. B. Rec. III. 134.
It is statute and commandit that na Robene Hudis nor Litil Jhoneis suld be chosin within oure realme

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