Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
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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