Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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ANTIBURGHER, n. and adj. [′ɑntɪ ′bʌrgər]

1. n. A member of a section of the Secession Church which in 1747 separated from the other party in that Church (the Burghers) on the question of taking the Burgess oath. The New Light Antiburghers and the New Light Burghers were reunited in 1820. (See Secession.) Sc. 1795 Stat. Acc.1 (Chirnside) XIV. 41:
Antiburghers and Burghers, to a certain number, have been known among them, almost even since the origin of Secession.
wm.Sc. [1835] Laird of Logan (1868) 149:
“Ye're an Antiburgher, I believe.” “I ance was ane, but onything I do noo in that way is wi' the Relief bodies.”

2. adj. Of the Antiburghers. Sc. 1815 Scott Guy Mannering xxxii.:
Troth, sir, I am no free to swear — we aye gaed to the Antiburgher meeting.
Sc. 1840 Scottish Chr. Herald (June) 391:
In May 1791, Dr McCric resumed his former occupation as a teacher, commencing a school at Brechin, in connection with the Antiburgher congregation in that town.

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"Antiburgher n., adj.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 12 Jun 2021 <>



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