Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
FOREBEAR, n. Also †forebeer, †-beir, †-bier, forbear, †-beer. An ancestor, progenitor, forefather. Gen. in pl. Gen.Sc. Now also in Eng. [′forber, -bir, ‡fər′bir]
Sc. 1728 Ramsay Poems 160:
God grant him an unmeasur'd Skair Of a' that grac'd his great Forbears. Abd. 1768 A. Ross Helenore 118:
We never thought it wrang to ca' a prey, Our auld forbears practis'd it a' their days. Sc. 1775 Weekly Mag. (28 Dec.) 21:
Kingcardine — known when Scotia had a name, Our gallant forebiers mark'd the warlike house. Ayr. 1786 Burns Death of Mailie 39–40:
So may they like their great forbears, For monie a year come thro' the sheers. Sc. 1819 Scott Bride of Lamm. xxiii.:
Will he die by the sword or the ball, as his forbears hae dune before him? Rnf. 1840 J. Mitchell Wee Steeple's Ghaist 197:
Such was the gait o' our forebears, Then men to pity's tale lent ears. Ork. 1880 Dennison Sketch-Bk. 26:
A' his forebears . . . war muckle stoor an' yet geud-natired plosible folk. Kcb. 1893 Crockett Stickit Minister 11:
He left no sillar to speak of, just plenty to lay him decently in the kirkyard among his forebears. Abd. 1929 J. Alexander Mains and Hilly 173:
We're maybe nae aye a' 't we sid be bit we cud haud a can'le to wir forbeers. Sc. 1953 Scotsman (20 May):
It was in darker days and more turbulent times that my forebear held the King's Commission at the historic Glasgow Assembly of 1638.
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