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First published 1974 (SND Vol. IX).

TREGALLION, n. Also tragullion (Ayr. 1825 Jam.), tregullion (Rnf. Id.), tregellye; and in sense 2. trefalyegan. [Cai. trə′fɑljəgən]

1. A miscellaneous collection or assortment in gen. (Dmf. 1808 Jam., the haill tregallion); of persons: a company, esp. implying one that is somewhat disreputable, a motley crew, a riff-raff (Rnf. 1825 Jam.).Ork. 1956 C. M. Costie Benjie's Bodle 57:
Black Pate an' his tregellye that cam' fae the sooth like a flock o' hungry scauries.

2. A tangled stringy mass of material, awkward to handle, an untidy bunch or bundle (Cai. 1939, trefalyegan); a rigmarole, a long rambling story (Cai. 1973).

[Altered or corrupted forms of Trevallie, q.v.]

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