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First published 1963 (DOST Vol. III).
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Land-lowper, -loup(p)er, n. [Cf. ON. landhlaupari and Land-leiper, -lopper. Also in the later dial.] One who runs up and down the land, a vagabond. Also attrib. with loun. a1585 Polwart Flyt. 791 (T).
Land lowper [Harl. louper], licht scoipper, raggit rowpper, lyk a revin
1627 Banff Ann. I. 57.
His daylie langag is ‘heiland theif’, ‘land lowper’
1630 Ellon Par. Rec. 76.
Naming him a common theefe and land-louper
1679 Cullen Kirk S. MS. 3 Aug. a 1638 Orkn. Misc. I. 51/2.]
[The heilanders … reporte … themselfs for the ould inhabitants of the land calling the other landlopers and vsurpers
attrib. 1622 Crim. Trials III. 525.
Scho … sayis to him, Fals land-loupper loun that thow art
1639 Dundonald Par. Rec. 451.
Calling him ane commoun theif and a land louper lowne

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