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The word doyley, now a familiar one with ladies, is derived from the name of Robert D'Oyley, one of the followers of William the Norman. He received a grant of valuable lands on the condition of a yearly tender of a tablecloth of three shillings' value at the feast of St. Michael. Agreeably to the fashion of the time the ladies of the D'Oyley household were accustomed to embroider and ornament the quit-rent table* cloths ; henoe these cloths, becoming cariosities and accumulating in the course of years, were at length brought into use as napkins at the royal table and called doyleye. —•New York Recorder.'

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ORIGIN OF THE WORD DOYLEY. Bruce Herald, Volume XXVI, Issue 2617, 22 January 1895

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