A Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue (up to 1700)
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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).
Cowper, Couper, n. Also: kowper, cowpper, coupper. [Cowp v.2]
1. = Cowpar(e n.1 1. In later use, a buyer of herring from the fishing boats. 1574 Bk. Univ. Kirk I. 311.
The buyers, sellers, or vtherwayes coupers of the benefices to tyne the same for ever 1594 (c 1650) Dundee B. Laws 45.
The actes maid anent cowperes and regrators of the mercats of victualls 1595 Conv. Burghs I. 462.
Ane number of regratouris, foirstalleris, and kowperis … contraueneand the said act 1628 Reg. Privy C. 2 Ser. II. 566.
Thair hes beene verie great disordours and confusioun among the fishers and cowppers of herring 1641 Acts V. 646/1.
That naine of the fishers & couppers of herring attending the herring drove … weitt thair netts … till first they cum to the Admirall [etc.]
2. A horse-dealer. = Coupar(e n. 12. 1597 Acts James VI § 122.
The halding of horses at hard meat … vsed commounlie be … cowppers 1638 Baillie I. 110.
The horse which our cowpers had bought at Morton fair were arreisted
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