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First published 1971 (DOST Vol. IV).
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Mes-mongar(e, n. Also: mess(e)- and -monger, -munger. [Cf. e.m.E. mass-monger (1550).] A massmonger; a contemptuous term for a Roman Catholic. 1561 Edinb. B. Rec. III. 117.
Proclamationis … maid … aganis papistis idolataris and mes mongaris
1562 St. A. Kirk S. 176.
Affrmyng hym to be ane hypocrit, ane idolatar, ane mes mongar
1558-66 Knox II. 372. Ib. 289.
To search mesmongaris
Ib. 379.
1570-3 Bann. Trans. 37.
And ane Englis mes-monger [M. messmunger]
c1590 Fowler II. 64/38.
With ȝour superstitious mesmongars

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