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A Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue (up to 1700)

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First published 2001 (DOST Vol. X).

Straglar, Straggillar, n. Also: stragler, straiglar. [e.m.E. stragler (1530), strageler (a1552), straggler (1553); Stragill v.] One who strays or wanders; also, specif., one who leaves the ranks of an army without having a fixed destination. Also attrib., itinerant, vagabond. — 1460 Hay Alex. 6212.
Syne all the leif straiglaris that fleand was Past to the brig
1552 Dundee B. Ct. II 162b (20 June).
The baillies & counsale hes put inhibicioun to Jhone Arneil & his [vyf] of all intromissioun with straglaris or vagaboundis
1644 10th Rep. Hist. MSS App. i 53.
Our major … with his pairtie tuik fourtie men and many horses and slew many of thair straggillars
attrib. 1636 Jervise Epitaphs & Inscriptions I 148/1.
Ane stragler woman called Marie Dow

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