Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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TAMSON, prop.n. Also Thamson. Sc. forms and usages of the surname Thomson. See P.L.D. § 54. [′tɑmsən] In phrs. in which Tamson stands for the ordinary representative man in the street: 1. Tamson's mare, = En. Shank's pony, walking on one's own feet; 2. Jock Tamson's bairns, common humanity. See Jock, 4. (34). 1. Sc. 1893  Stevenson Catriona xix.:
Tamson's mear would never be the thing for me this day of all days.

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