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WINDLE, n.2, v.1 Also winle, wun(n)l-, wonl-. [wɪn(d)l]

I. n. 1. A measure of straw or hay, equivalent to one-fortieth of a Kemple, q.v. (i.e. 5 or 6 lbs. tron, 7 to 9 lbs. avoirdupois) (m.Lth. 1855 J. C. Morton Cycl. Agric. II. 1127). m.Lth. 1857  [J. H. Oliver] Brit. Agric. 30:
60 kemples, 18 windles consumed by stock.

2. A bottle of straw (Lnk. 1825 Jam.). Ork. 1894  W. Macintosh Peat-Fires 196:
[He] had the kegs tied up in windles of straw.

II. v. tr. To make up (straw or hay) into bottles (s.Sc. 1802 J. Sibbald Chron. Sc. Poetry Gl.; Sc. 1808 Jam.; Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B., wunnle). Bwk. 1764  Session Papers, Yules v. Others, State of Process 91:
He assisted in shaking and windling the straw of crop 1762.
Abd. 1921  Swatches o' Hamespun 10:
Ae geyan grippy aul' tacksmin files set 'im tae wusp an' winle strae.

Hence windlin, -len, winlen, -lin(e), winnlin, wun(n)lin(g), †wonlyne, a bottle of straw, of a specific weight as in 1795 quot., but gen. an average bundle, as much as a man can carry in the crook of his arm (Sc. 1808 Jam.; Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928); Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B., wunnlin; Fif., Lth. 1926 Wilson Cent. Scot.; I. and n.Sc. 1974). Comb. winlin-strae, straw used in making bundles of thatch. Sc. 1706  Just Reflections on a Nonsensical Pasquil 44:
He cannot endure to see one Sheaf or Windling of Straw in them.
Abd. 1720  Fintray Ct. Bk. (S.C.) 41:
For thatching the new mill every tenent shall give in three thatch sheaves, four windlings.
Sc. 1736  Ramsay Proverbs (1776) 34:
He stumbles at a strae and lowps o'er a wonlyne.
m.Lth. 1795  G. Robertson Agric. M. Lth. 208:
Straw is sold by tale, 40 windlens to a kemple, generally from 14 to 16 stone trone weight.
Cai. 1845  Stat. Acc.2 XV. 146:
To furnish a certain number of winlins to thatch the mains' stacks, a certain quantity of drawn straw to thatch the mains' houses.
Rxb. 1872  Trans. Hawick Arch. Soc. 135:
There's a lot of good fodder for the horse; won't ye step in to the haugh and get a wunling or two?
Ork. 1911  Old-Lore Misc. IV.iv. 180:
The draught was regulated by filling up a part of the open doorway with windlings of straw.
Cai. 1934  N. Gunn Butcher's Broom i. iv.:
Tied it [straw] into bundles or windlings.
Abd. 1946  J. C. Milne Orra Loon 24:
Linseed cake and winlins o' strae.
Sh. 1964  Sh. Folk Book IV. 3:
The “windlin-strae” or “raggie-strae” was now spread over the “gloy”; windlin-strae was the crushed and tangled straw which, during the process of selection, had been separated from the straight “tekkin-strae,” and twisted into small bundles called “windlins.”

[O.Sc. windle, to bundle brushwood, 1536, to wind thread, 1587, freq. form of Wind, v.2 Cf. Mid. Du. windelen, to swathe, swaddle.]

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