from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A Whig; -- a cant term applied in contempt to Scotch Presbyterians.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A person who came from the west and southwest of Scotland to Leith to buy corn. See the quotation from Bishop Burnet, under Whig, 2.
  • n. One of the people of the west of Scotland who marched to Edinburgh in 1648, their expedition being called the whiggamores' inroad (see the quotation referred to in def. 1).
  • n. Hence A Scotch Presbyterian; one of the party opposed to the court; a whig.


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  • (n): 1. originally, a drover; a nickname given to western Scots who came to Leith to buy grain. 2. one of the Scottish rebels who marched to Edinburgh in 1648 on the expedition called the Whiggamore Inroad to support Cromwell against the Royalists and protest a compromise with Charles I. 3. in the 17th century a Scottish Covenanter; and in the late 17th century, a Whig.

    January 9, 2009