E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
He has gone the volei.e. been everything by turns. Vole is a deal at cards that draws the whole tricks. The verb vole means to win all the tricks. Vole is a French word Faire la volei.e. Faire soul toutes les levócs, de voleri.e. enlever.
Who is he [Edie Ochiltree]? Why, he has gone the volehas been soldier, ballad-singer, traveling tinker, and now a beggar.Sir W. Scott: The Antiquary, chap. iv.