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ragman roll

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noun
  1. Usually ragman rolls. a series of documents in which the Scottish nobles acknowledged their allegiance to Edward I of England, 1291–92 and 1296.
  2. Obsolete. a long list or record; register; catalogue.

Origin of ragman roll

1350–1400; Middle English rageman rolle, of uncertain origin
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Ragman rolls

pl n
  1. history a set of parchment rolls of 1296 enumerating the Scottish nobles who owed allegiance to Edward I of England, important as the only full list of the nobility of Scotland in the later 13th century

Word Origin

C18: from obsolete ragman in the sense: statute, roll, list
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