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First published 1960 (SND Vol. V).

KERRAG, n. ?Dmf. 1834 Carlyle's First Forty Years (Froude 1882) II. 412:
Why not bolt out of these sooty despicabilities, of Kerrags and lying draggle-tails of byre-women and peat-moss and isolation and go at once to London.

[The meaning cannot be inferred from the context but on the assumption that Carlyle is referring to some geographical feature of his Dumfriesshire home, the word may be a variant of Gairy, n.1, a crag, outcrop of rock (cf. Gerrock, n.2, id.), or from Welsh carreg, cerrig, Ir. carraig, a rock, crag, commonly found in the form Carrick- in Galloway place-names.]

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