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(formerly) a freebooter or marauder of the Scottish Highlands.
Historical Examples

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

I would give them as short a shrift as ever a Highland cateran got from a Glasgow judge.
The Mystery of Cloomber Arthur Conan Doyle

We hae hangit a Highland cateran without trial afore this, and we may be tempted to tak the law into our ain hands again.
The Lancashire Witches William Harrison Ainsworth

No longer was he hunted by the cateran chief—no more were his lands devastated, or his cattle carried off.
Wilson’s Tales of the Borders and of Scotland Various

This missing youth turns out to be identical with the cateran of Drumshorlan.
Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 60, No. 369, July 1846 Various

“Clear the way, cateran,” said the armourer, in the deep stern voice which corresponded with the breadth of his chest.
The Fair Maid of Perth Sir Walter Scott

They will have no black-mail to pay, either to Master Nevis or to any other cateran who is in the habit of levying it on the road.
John Deane of Nottingham W.H.G. Kingston

Then pressing my proffered hand in his, he turned away; and in a few minutes the Highland cateran was out of sight.
Wilson’s Tales of the Borders and of Scotland Various

(formerly) a member of a band of brigands and marauders in the Scottish highlands


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