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Subject: Re: Origin of the word "Tory"
From: Panu H|glund BIB <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Panu H|glund BIB <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Thu, 11 Apr 1996 08:34:18 +0300
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On Wed, 10 Apr 1996, Joshua M. Alden wrote:
 
> A chairde;
>
>     A friend of mine engages in re-enactments of the American Revolution
> battles, along with many others.  Recently someone posted to the RevWar
> list in a discussion on Whigs and Torries.  He says that both words derive
> from Gaelic.  I've tried to find simple possibilities for "Tory", but I'm
> unable to do so.  Here's the pertinent portion of what he wrote.  Can
> anyone help him out?
>
> -Josh.
>
TORY comes from the Irish word TO/RAI/ which means, in principle, "pursuer,
hunter", and by implication street-robber - or in this meaning it was
borrowed into English. WHIG is not of any Gaelic origin, as far as I know.

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