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First published 1956 (SND Vol. IV).
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FUTHER, n.1, v.1 Also fither.

I. n. A large number of people, a company.Fif. 1827 W. Tennant Papistry 91:
This said, he summon'd soon thegither His regiment (a jolly futher!).

II. v. To transport in cart-loads. Only in agent n. comb. peat-futherer, one who carries (peats) for sale in loads, esp. in Mry. where it was a trade.Mry. 1829 Lintie o' Moray 14:
'Tis the land o' peat-futherers and smugglers.
Mry. 1889 T. L. Mason Rafford 32:
Peat fitherers were there, slow of step, with tartan plaids.
Mry. 1898 Abd. Weekly Free Press (25 June):
He ruggit an' tuggit the cairt an' the beast, For a spunkie peat futherer was he.

[O.Sc. futhir, fudyr, a cart-load, esp. of peats, 1400, a large number of persons, c.1500, O.E.foður, load.]

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