One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The child of a minister, especially of the Scottish Presbyterian Church.
- ‘A son of the manse, he was born in Helensburgh in 1888.’
- ‘He is a son of the manse, he would have liked him to be a minister rather than a politician.’
- ‘The second-in-command, a tough Scot and son of the manse, also fought to the end.’
- ‘Profligacy, whatever her short-term charms, is not the proper sort of partner for a dour Scottish son of the manse.’
- ‘Like many sons of the manse, he seems to possess a covenant to govern others.’
- ‘As a son of the manse, he was for years treasurer of his church.’
- ‘Baird, a son of the manse born in 1888, studied electrical engineering at the Royal Technical College in Glasgow and at Glasgow University.’
- ‘One part of Scotland rather approves of a son of the manse turned prudent again after a spell as a wayward radical.’
- ‘It was evidently an attack on the famous son of the manse.’
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