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- n. Plural form of dragooner.
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Some thirty Highlanders, mostly Macdonalds, picked dare-devils, had been mounted and turned into dragooners, and I, thanks to the Colonel, had been made Captain over them.
"Poor old Jack," said I to myself, "sweating and swearing over your riff-raff dragooners, and here am I, who envied you yester-morn, on the top rung of life."
In less than five minutes the last batch of dragooners had cursed and spurred themselves out of sight, and the bright moon shone down on a road once more bare and white save for a few scattered patches of black.
Time passed on, and the dragooners were seen no more, nor the handsome devil-may-care face of Sergeant Basket.
Next day the dragooners searched the town again, and were billeted all about among the cottages.
Once more the dragooners are after me -- not five minutes away.
Heard by scouts o 'these gentry bein' sent to Bodmin, and were minded to fight th 'Earl o' Stamford whiles his dragooners was away.