ragman roll

noun rag·man roll \ˈragmən-\
variants: or

ragman's roll

Definition of ragman roll

  1. 1 obsolete :  a long list (as on a scroll or document) :  catalog the whole ragman roll of fasting days — Thomas Nash

  2. 2 :  a series of rolls of deeds on parchment in which the Scottish nobility and gentry subscribed allegiance to Edward I of England in 1291 and especially in 1296 during Edward's progress through Scotland and at the parliament of Berwick —usually used in plural

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Origin and Etymology of ragman roll

Middle English Ragmane rolle, roll used in a medieval game and containing verses describing various characters, from Anglo-French Ragemon le bon, literally, Ragemon the good (from the name of one of the characters serving as title of the verses) + Middle English rolle roll


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