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  • noun Alternative spelling of kern.


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  • I should waste little sorrow on the wild kerne who lie piled on it like carrion.

    The Fair Maid of Perth 2008

  • The English then strode forward, and drew their bowstrings — not to the breast, as your Highland kerne do, but to the ear — and sent off their volleys of swallow tails before we could call on St. Andrew.

    The Fair Maid of Perth 2008

  • Beside them, secured by a cord which a pikeman has fastened to his own wrist, trots a bare-legged Irish kerne, whose only clothing is his ragged yellow mantle, and the unkempt

    Westward Ho! 2007

  • Donald no sooner beheld his kinswoman than he dropped on his knee and with the wildest demonstrations of joy kissed the hand of the ragged kerne who supported her.

    A Daughter of Raasay A Tale of the '45 William MacLeod Raine 1912

  • I asked the news, the rug-headed kerne shot me with the dismal tidings that Malcolm Macleod and Creagh, rowing to Skyes for a conference with

    A Daughter of Raasay A Tale of the '45 William MacLeod Raine 1912

  • What the deuce do you mean by discussing such a matter with a Highland kerne?

    A Daughter of Raasay A Tale of the '45 William MacLeod Raine 1912

  • Eh! and that kerne [260] of Bethlehem, he shall be dead,

    "Everyman," with other interludes, including eight miracle plays Anonymous 1902

  • A kerne was caught carrying a bundle of withies on the outskirts of the English camp.

    Sir Walter Ralegh A Biography 1879

  • The soldiers who accomplished the bloody work were commanded by Captain Francis Crosby, to whom the chief command of all the kerne in the Queen's pay was committed.

    An Illustrated History of Ireland from AD 400 to 1800 Mary Frances Cusack 1864

  • On the miserable kerne fell the death-strokes stiff and stern,

    The Bon Gaultier Ballads Theodore Martin 1862


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