• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Covenanter One who makes a covenant.
    • Covenanter (Eccl. Hist) One who subscribed and defended the “Solemn League and Covenant.” See Covenant.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n covenanter One who makes a covenant; a party to an agreement or contract.
    • n covenanter [capitalized] In Scottish history, one of those who in the seventeenth century, particularly in 1638 and 1643, bound themselves by solemn covenant to uphold and maintain the Presbyterian doctrine and polity as the religion of the country, to the exclusion of both prelacy and popery. The name continued to be applied to those who dissented from the final settlement in 1688, more definitely called Cameronians, and afterward Reformed Presbyterians. See covenant, n., 4.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Covenanter (usually in Scot. Covenant′er), one who signed or adhered to the Scottish National Covenant of 1638—the Solemn League and Covenant of 1643 was in effect an international treaty between Scotland and England for securing civil and religious liberty
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr.,—L. con, together, and venīre, to come.


In literature:

The Scottish Covenanters.+ By J. PRINGLE THOMSON.
"The Jacobite Rebellions (1689-1746)" by James Pringle Thomson
Then the Revolution broke, and David, in whose veins flowed the blood of old Covenanters, took a running long jump into it.
"The U-boat hunters" by James B. Connolly
During the bloody conflict of the Covenanters with Charles II.
"History of the United States, Volume 3 (of 6)" by E. Benjamin Andrews
She can stay, if she be not a Covenanter, and won't want to pray and preach.
"Out in the Forty-Five" by Emily Sarah Holt
Covenanters, the Scotch, their treaty with Charles I., ii.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
Yet after reasoning, reading and prayer, (as he himself exprest it) he came heartily into the covenanters interest about that time.
"Biographia Scoticana (Scots Worthies)" by John Howie
On this side, too, he had many sympathies with the teaching of Carlyle, himself a spiritual descendant of the old Covenanters.
"The Life of Sir James Fitzjames Stephen, Bart., K.C.S.I." by Sir Leslie Stephen
They remind you of the Scottish Covenanters.
"Ireland as It Is" by Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
The air was thick with rumors of his doings, and in every cottage enraged Covenanters spoke of his atrocities.
"Graham of Claverhouse" by Ian Maclaren
"Wilson's Tales of the Borders and of Scotland, Volume 2" by Alexander Leighton

In poetry:

Talk not to me of noble deeds,
When thou hast in thy land
A Covenanter on the hill,
The Bible in his hand.
"Cameron's Stone" by Alexander Anderson
The shout, "For God and Covenant,"
Still rings against the sky,
While for each Covenanter dead
Three troopers by him lie.
"Cameron's Stone" by Alexander Anderson
They come with sudden plunge and shock,
The foremost but to reel—
By heavens! Earlshall shrinks back
At Covenanters' steel!
"Cameron's Stone" by Alexander Anderson

In news:

The Denison Reformed Presbyterian Covenanter Church is 140 years old this year and is undergoing an extensive renovation of the church building.
The Blue Banner "For Christ's Crown and Covenant" was originally carried in the Scottish Reformation battles of the 1600s, hence the name Covenanters.