Mosstrooper

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Mosstrooper One of a class of marauders or bandits that formerly infested the border country between England and Scotland; -- so called in allusion to the mossy or boggy character of much of the border country.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n mosstrooper One of a number of men who troop or range over the mosses or bogs (compare bog-trotter): applied specifically to the marauders who infested the borders of England and Scotland in former times.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Mosstrooper one of the robbers that used to infest the mosses of the Border
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Moss, + trooper,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. meós; Dut. mos, Ger. moos.

Usage

In literature:

The old mosstroopers sometimes wore a spray in their steel caps as a protection against witchcraft and bad luck.
"Johnstone of the Border" by Harold Bindloss
It was not for nothing the hot blood of the old mosstroopers ran in his veins.
"The Coast of Adventure" by Harold Bindloss
I think a' the mosstroopers be abraid the night!
"The Three Perils of Man, Vol. 1 (of 3)" by James Hogg
The daring life of a mosstrooper did not ill agree with Ruthven's valiant spirit.
"The Mosstrooper" by Robert Scott Fittis
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