1) From ‘brier-ball’ which may have been a gall found on rose-bushes.

The contexts in which this word occurs suggest that it was a reference to the colour of cloth used in making items of clothing: 1528 a brereball jacket, Burley

1543 a coterclothe of brereball, Potternewton

1560 one brearball gown, Thorner. These and other references are all from the Leeds area.

dates 1528 1543 1560

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