Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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KNAPSCAP, n. Also napskape. A helmet or headpiece. Liter. or hist. Sc. c.1800  Jamie Telfer in
Child Ballads No. 190 A. xxxi.:
But Simmy was striken oer the head, And thro the napskape it is gane.
Sc. 1830  R. Chambers James I. I. iii.:
We find in this case vassals secretly assembled, knapscaps privately burnished up.
Sc. 1903  Chambers's Jnl. (11 July) 511:
Other curiosities are a “knapscap”, a leathern cap covered with thin crossed straps of steel, worn by the Borderers under the blue bonnet.

[A variant of O.Sc. knapscall, id., 1494, of uncertain orig., with substitution of cap, a covering for the head, in the second element.]

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