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First published 1952 (SND Vol. III).

DOAGEN, n. A sort of ball, used in the sport of doagen-rolling.Gall., Dmf. 1937 in Border Mag. (Oct.) 153:
On the word “Go” the players began rolling their doagens vigorously with a twisting movement of the wrist.

Hence doagen-rolling, a game played on a grassy lane, by pairs of players, each pair provided with two doagens, which may not be lifted or propelled by the foot. The winning couple is that which first completes the course. The game is still played in Ireland, but under the name of daddies or dannles.Ib.:
The origin of doagen-rolling is lost in the mists of antiquity. The game, which appears to resemble slightly the well-known Border handba', is mentioned in M'Hugh's Pastimes of the Scottish Countryside (Edinburgh, 1829).

[Gael. dogan, a game with bat and ball (MacLennan).]

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"Doagen n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 27 Sep 2022 <>



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