The History of Leith

November 29, 2010

The Boll Measure

volume measure of grain, meal, potatoes etc. that varied according to commodity and locality. Commonly, a boll of wheat was about 4 Imp.bushels, a boll of oats, barley or potatoes was about 6 Imp. bushels, and a boll of meal weighed about 140 lb. Smaller measures related to the boll were: firlot = ¼ boll, peck = ¼ firlot, lippie = ¼ peck. A chalder was 16 bolls. Boll was also used as a term of valuation of crop land according to the number of bolls it could produce.

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