Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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BURGHER, n.1 A member of that section of the Secession Church which upheld the lawfulness of the Burgess oath and which separated in 1747 on that question from the other party, the Antiburghers, q.v. Often used attrib. Hist. [′bʌrgər] Sc. 1795  Stat. Acc.1 XIV. 576:
Besides the Established Church, there are two places of worship in the parish; one for those of Burgher persuasion, which adjoins to the town, the other at Craigmailin, about 3 miles distant, to which the Antiburghers resort.
Hdg. 1766  J. Brown Hist. Acc. of the Secession (1791) 58:
Meanwhile the Antiburghers, to support their cause, prosecuted their Burgher brethren with deposition and excommunication.
Dmf. 1832  T. Carlyle Jas. Carlyle in Reminisc. (1887) I. 40:
He connected himself openly with the Religious, — became a “Burgher” (strict, not strictest species of Presbyterian Dissenter).

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