from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Variant of galloglass.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A mercenary warrior élite among Gaelic-Norse clans residing in the Western Isles of Scotland and Scottish Highlands from the mid 13th century to the end of the 16th century.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A heavy-armed foot soldier from Ireland and the Western Isles in the time of Edward �
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A soldier or armed retainer of a chief in ancient Ireland, the Hebrides, or other Gaelic countries.
Trouble is, the enigmatic and gorgeous Luke turns out to be a gallowglass—a soulless faerie assassin.
And Luke is a gallowglass -- a faerie assassin, who's been sent to make sure she sees nothing ever again.
Bonnaught and gallowglass, throng from each mountain pass.
He may have been seventy years of age, yet his face was knit as hard as a warrior's of thirty, and he stepped out as lissom and quick as his youngest gallowglass.
For at the first onset the great gallowglass, amazed to see his man yet living, and ashamed, perchance, of his foul stroke, missed his mark and tumbled in a heap upon his foeman's sword.
Am I to be told my duty by a raw-boned, ill-conditioned Irish gallowglass that I have fed at my table and spent half my life in making a gentleman of?
= The kern or cateran of the Highlands was a light-armed infantryman, as opposed to the heavy-armed "gallowglass."