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An exchequer roll containing a record of debts or promises of payment owed to the Crown (typically in return for a concession or favour), or gifts or offerings made to the monarch by a subject or subjects. Usually in plural Compare "Oblata Roll", Oblate Roll.
Early 17th century; earliest use found in Egerton Papers. From fine + roll, after post-classical Latin rotulus finium.
fine roll/ˈfʌɪn rəʊl/
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