Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One of a band of raiders operating in the bogs on the borders of England and Scotland during the 17th century.
  • n. A plunderer; a marauder.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of a band of raiders or bandits who marauded the Scottish borders in the 17th century

Etymologies

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Examples

  • “Within thirty hours, so he have not crossed the Lothian firth — If it is to do you a pleasure, I will set off directly, and wind him as a sleuth-dog tracks the moss-trooper,” answered

    The Monastery

  • “Such peace as ye give such shall you have,” answered the moss-trooper, first pointing with his lance towards the burned village, and then almost instantly levelling it against Lord Lacy.

    Waverley

  • For my part, I feel that with regard to Nature I live a sort of border life, on the confines of a world into which I make occasional and transient forays only, and my patriotism and allegiance to the state into whose territories I seem to retreat are those of a moss-trooper.

    Walking

  • Homer was a stark moss-trooper, and so was Scott; but the Germans want the cry of "boot and saddle" consumedly.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine — Volume 56, No. 345, July, 1844

  • The stark moss-trooper, and the clanking stride of the warrior, had not again started into life; nor had the light blazed gloriously in the sepulchre of the wizard with the mighty book.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine — Volume 54, No. 333, July 1843

  • For my part, I feel that with regard to Nature I live a sort of border life, on the confines of a world into which I make occasional and transient forays only, and my patriotism and allegiance to the State into whose territories I seem to retreat are those of a moss-trooper.

    Harvard Classics Volume 28 Essays English and American

  • A book of such charms, of that era, taken from the pocket of a moss-trooper or bog-trotter, contained among other things a recipe for the cure of intermittent fever by certain barbarous characts.

    Primitive Psycho-Therapy and Quackery

  • 'Twas sore-footed that I gained home at last, but all the way I discussed a many plans for the discovery and punishment of my moss-trooper.

    Border Ghost Stories

  • For my part, I feel that with regard to Nature I live a sort of border life, on the confines of a world into which I make occasional and transional and transient forays only, and my patriotism and allegiance to the State into whose territories I seem to retreat are those of a moss-trooper.

    Walking

  • Moss in Scotland is bog in Ireland, and moss-trooper is bog-trotter: there was, however, one hut built of loose stones, piled up with great thickness into a strong though not solid wall.

    Selected English Letters

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