1) Tow was the fibre of flax, hemp or jute, prepared for spinning, and it gave its name to a type of linen material.
1587 fyve yerdes of clothe made of lynetowe, Methley
1596 Item lyne towe & yerne, 6s 8d, Knaresborough
1658 1 dusan of linan napkins, 1 dusan lintow napkins, Selby
c.1686 napkings ... three being of lin & three of Linetow, Conistone.