Definition of mosstrooper in English:

Share this entry

mosstrooper

Pronunciation: /ˈmôsˌtro͞opər/

noun

historical
A person who lived by plundering property in the border region between England and Scotland during the 17th century.
Example sentences
  • 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.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: moss·troop·er

Share this entry
 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.