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First published 1941 (SND Vol. II). Includes material from the 2005 supplement.
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BURKER, n. A murderer.Rs. 1996 Alec John Williamson in Timothy Neat The Summer Walkers: Travelling People and Pearl-Fishers in the Highlands of Scotland 62:
First it was sacrifices, then it was witches, then it was the Burkers - but I'm not going into all that!Abd. 1990 Stanley Robertson Fish-Hooses (1992) 113:
Noo it wis at a time whin there were many Burkers gan aboot, and it wis no safe for Travellers tae be on their toads.Mearns 1890 J. Kerr Reminisc. of a Wanderer I. 87:
Twa famed swine-dealin' burkers these, The Babbler and the Boar.Ayr. 1912 G. Cunningham Verse, maistly in the Doric 65:
Stories . . . 'Boot robbers and burkers, and lifting the deid.
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