Definition of mosstrooper in English:
A person who lived by plundering property in the border region between England and Scotland during the 17th century.
- The Union of the Crowns in 1603 largely brought about an end to such activities, though mosstroopers and horse thieves were still active in the borders throughout the seventeenth century.
- The Borders were a very dangerous place at that time because of mosstroopers, who were basically little different from the rustlers of the Old West.
- However, lawlessness remained a problem, with bandits known as mosstroopers, very often former Royalist or Covenanter soldiers, plundering both the English troops and the civilian population.
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