Ragman rolls

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Ragman rolls

(ˈræɡmən)
pl n
(Historical Terms) 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
[C18: from obsolete ragman in the sense: statute, roll, list]
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