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[gal-oh-glas, -glahs] /ˈgæl oʊˌglæs, -ˌglɑs/
noun, Irish History.


or gallowglass

[gal-oh-glas, -glahs] /ˈgæl oʊˌglæs, -ˌglɑs/
noun, Irish History.
a follower and supporter of or a soldier owing allegiance to an Irish chief.
Origin of galloglass
1505-15; < Irish gallóglách, equivalent to gall a stranger, foreigner + óglach a youth, soldier, servant, derivative of Old Irish óac, óc young Unabridged
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  • The kern or cateran of the Highlands was a light-armed infantryman, as opposed to the heavy-armed "gallowglass."

    Lady of the Lake Sir Walter Scott
British Dictionary definitions for gallowglass


a heavily armed mercenary soldier, originally Hebridean (Gaelic-Norse), maintained by Irish and some other Celtic chiefs from about 1235 to the 16th century
Word Origin
C16: from Irish Gaelic gallóglach, from gall foreigner + óglach, young warrior-servant, from og young + -lach a noun suffix
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