Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Pillaging, devastation, plunder.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The crime of carrying off cattle by force; foray.
  • n. The cattle so carried off.

Etymologies

From here ("army"), or the stem of Old English herġan ("harry"), +‎ -ship. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • ` ` See what tidings that horn tells us of --- to announce, I ween, some hership* and robbery which has been done

    Ivanhoe

  • I tauld them I wad vindicate nae man's faults; but set apart what he had done again the law o 'the country, and the hership o' the

    Rob Roy

  • Between sogers and Saxons, and caterans and cattle-lifters, and hership and bluidshed, an honest woman wad live quieter in hell than on the Hieland line. ''

    Rob Roy

  • MacGregor --- I carena wha kens it --- And Rob had soon a gallant band; and as it grieved him (he said) to see sic hership and waste and depredation to the south o 'the Hieland line, why, if ony heritor or farmer wad pay him four punds Scots out of each hundred punds of valued rent, whilk was doubtless a moderate consideration, Rob engaged to keep them scaithless;

    Rob Roy

  • "See what tidings that horn tells us of -- - to announce, I ween, some hership Pillage. and robbery which has been done upon my lands."

    Ivanhoe. A Romance

  • "See what tidings that horn tells us of -- to announce, I ween, some hership [12] and robbery which has been done upon my lands."

    Ivanhoe

  • I tauld them I wad vindicate nae man's faults; but set apart what he had done again the law o 'the country, and the hership o' the Lennox, and the misfortune o 'some folk losing life by him, he was an honester man than stood on ony o' their shanks -- And whatfor suld I mind their clavers?

    Rob Roy — Complete

  • Rob had soon a gallant band; and as it grieved him (he said) to see sic hership and waste and depredation to the south o’ the

    Rob Roy

  • Between sogers and Saxons, and caterans and cattle-lifters, and hership and bluidshed, an honest woman wad live quieter in hell than on the Hieland line.”

    Rob Roy

  • I tauld them I wad vindicate nae man’s faults; but set apart what he had done again the law o’ the country, and the hership o’ the Lennox, and the misfortune

    Rob Roy

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