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Ragman rolls (ˈræɡmən)
(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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By the late 13th century the term "ragman roll
" was in everyday use to mean any long and rambling discourse and over the years that has become rigmarole - i.e.
Lost works printed by de Worde like "The Chance of Dice" and "Ragman Roll
," the source for the term rigmarole (117), are described to provide further contexts, and the title-border used for Chaucer's Workes of 1532 is identified with its earlier uses in England in primarily Henrician contexts.