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Iris(c)h(e)man, Irich(e)man, n. Also: Irysche-, Irrische-, Yrage-. [ME. Irisch, Irisc man (c 1205), late ME. Irisshman (1487). Cf. erischman, Erisch(e a. 1 (1). More often written as one word.] a. An Irishman. b. A Scottish Highlander.(a) a1508 Kennedy Flyt. 350.
Corspatrik … maid Irisch and Irisch men thin, Throw his tresoun broght Inglise rumplis in
1546 Treas. Acc. VIII. 473.
To ane pure woman that had hir husband slane be the Iryschemen at Dumbertane
1548 Ib. IX. 224.
For grathing of my lord governoures sweird quhilk wes gevin to ane Irrische man
1551 Ib. X. 22.
To ane Irischeman of Arrane
1589–90 Edinb. B. Rec. V. 16.
To Wm. Yorstoun, … for intertening of ane Irishman
1596 Dalr. I. 73/27.
Thir of Biskay, the Irishe men, and our Scottis Irishe
1601 Grant Burgh Schools 417.
[The master of the grammar school of Glasgow to] try the religion of the Irischemen [in his school]
(b) 1529 Edinb. B. Rec. II. 14.
Irichman that singis with the las and beggis throu the toune
1561–3 Edinb. Old Acc. I. 434.
To Johnne Forster … , to litill Iricheman, his servand
1570 Leslie 183.
The wyld … natour of the Irichemen duelling in the Hielandis and Ilis of Scotteland
(c) c1475 Wall. vii. 833.
Macfadȝane than so gret debait maid he, With Yrage men, hardy and curageous

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