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SJDonovan02 Jun 2012 4:27 p.m. PST

Title says it all really. I've come across the term but I don't know what it means. I'd also be interested to know the etymology of the word. It doesn't appear in my dictionary (Chambers) and Google hasn't got me very far.



AlanYork02 Jun 2012 4:45 p.m. PST

It's a late medieval cavalryman, not as heavily armoured as a knight but probably armed with a lance and a sword.

Wizard Whateley02 Jun 2012 6:32 p.m. PST

Alan's correct. They were often used as scouts. They were used commonly on the border between England and Scotland.

Dawnbringer02 Jun 2012 9:36 p.m. PST

Ah, so something like this?


Druzhina02 Jun 2012 10:38 p.m. PST

Perhaps related to 'curry' To dress (a horse or leather). Old French coreer (corroyer, courroyer), to prepare. [E Weekley]

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Norman D Landings03 Jun 2012 12:01 a.m. PST

AKA a 'currer' or a 'pricker'. (don't look at me, I didn't make it up!)

Miles away03 Jun 2012 1:47 a.m. PST

Perhaps related to 'curry' To dress (a horse or leather). Old French coreer (corroyer, courroyer), to prepare.

More likely related to coureur, the French word for 'runner'. It's where 'courier' comes from also.

SJDonovan03 Jun 2012 2:19 a.m. PST

Thanks for the information guys, much appreciated.

Griefbringer03 Jun 2012 5:59 a.m. PST

AKA a 'currer' or a 'pricker'. (don't look at me, I didn't make it up!)

Another alternative form seems to be "scurrer" as used eg. by the Perry twins.

Personal logo Cardinal Ximenez Supporting Member of TMP In the TMP Dawghouse03 Jun 2012 6:53 a.m. PST

I thought it also had an origin in "scourer" as in mopping up after an action.


MajorB03 Jun 2012 12:26 p.m. PST

Or "scourer" as in scouring for information. Lighter troops would be more likely to in advance of the army in a recce mode rather than mopping up.

Patrice04 Jun 2012 1:56 a.m. PST

French texts of the period write "coureur" (= runner).

Used for reconnaissance and other light cavalry roles, although in chainmail and some armour.

oldbob04 Jun 2012 7:29 a.m. PST


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