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Convert from ell [Scotland] to iron
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Unit Definition (ell [Scotland])
See the English El (or Ell). This Scottish length is shorter than the English El. It may reflect an old practice of cloth merchants in giving an extra inch with each yard, to allow for any irregular cutting at the ends of the piece. However, the English cloth ell is definitely longer than the yard; it seems to be the distance from the shoulder to the fingers of the opposite hand. This reflects a practice of cloth merchants of holding the cloth at the shoulder with one hand and pulling the piece through with the opposite hand. This cloth ell was used with a similar length in France, where it was called the aune. The Dutch el and German elle are a little more than half the English ell; they may represent "arm's-length" units like the Italian braccio, the Russian sadzhen, and the Turkish pik
Unit Definition (iron)
The iron is a traditional unit measuring the thickness of leather used in making shoes, especially the soles of the shoes. One iron is equal to 1/48 inch (0.5292 millimeter), so a sole 1/4 inch thick is described as "12 iron".