1) To dandle a child is to move it gently up and down in the arms or on the knee, but a ‘dandling’ was a pet or favourite, so the meaning in this case may be to ‘favoured treatment’, since it was used in a marriage settlement dispute.
1552 ‘sums of money promised and given in marriage with Alice daughter of [Charles] Turton, to Henry Jesope, and also for not ordering and dandellyng of the said Alis by the said Henry’, Cumberworth.
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