Burgher
Burgher Burgh"er, n. [From burgh; akin to D. burger, G. b["u]rger, Dan. borger, Sw. borgare. See {Burgh}.] 1. A freeman of a burgh or borough, entitled to enjoy the privileges of the place; any inhabitant of a borough. [1913 Webster]

2. (Eccl. Hist.) A member of that party, among the Scotch seceders, which asserted the lawfulness of the burgess oath (in which burgesses profess ``the true religion professed within the realm''), the opposite party being called antiburghers. [1913 Webster]

Note: These parties arose among the Presbyterians of Scotland, in 1747, and in 1820 reunited under the name of the ``United Associate Synod of the Secession Church.'' [1913 Webster]


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