ragman roll

rag·​man roll | \ ˈragmən- \
variants: or ragman's roll

Definition of ragman roll

1 obsolete : a long list (as on a scroll or document) : catalog the whole ragman roll of fasting days— Thomas Nash
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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History and Etymology for 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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“Ragman roll.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ragman%20roll. Accessed 24 Sep. 2021.

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