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FERRY-LOUPER, n. comb. Also -looper, -lupper (Ork.). An inhabitant of Orkney who is not a native but has come from the mainland, i.e. across the Pentland Ferry (Ork. 1822 A. Peterkin Notes on Ork. and Zet. 21; Ork. 1951). [′fɛre-′lʌupər Sc., but Ork. -′lupər] Ork. 1832  D. Vedder Orcad. Sk. 30:
The Rousians [people of Rousay] . . . fairly drove the “ferry-louper” beyond that bourne.
Ork. 1868  D. Gorrie Summers, etc. in Ork. iv.:
This misguided man was a ferry-louper (the name formerly given to strangers from the South).
Ork. 1880  Dennison Sketch-Bk. 67:
I never saw aen o' the ferry-lupper loons that could deu the like.
Ork. 1908  Old-Lore Misc. I. viii. 320:
Sae might I trive dat wad gae the muckle ferrylouper a gluff gin onyting wad fleg 'im.

[Ferry + Loup.]

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