E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Now means a small cloth used to cover dessert plates; but originally it had a much wider meaning. Thus Dryden speaks of doyley petticoats;
and Steele, in No. 102 of the Tatler, speaks of his doiley suit. The Doyleys were linen-drapers, No. 346, east corner of Upper Wellington Street, Strand, from the time of Queen Anne to the year 1850.