One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounScottish, Northern English
marriage settlement, portion, marriage portionView synonyms
- ‘Here's a tocher for ye, and whan ye marry far away, ye' think of yere grand-uncle, though ye never saw him but once.’
- ‘It appears irreconcileable to justice, that the offending wife should be punished with the loss of her tocher, which is generally her all.’
- ‘Her tocher was a mere thirty chalders of victual from the Oliphant estates.’
- ‘Stewart's impressive rise to political prominence began soon after his marriage to Lady Katherine, a match which brought 20,000 merks scots in tocher.’
- ‘The marriage took place at Woodstock on 5 September 1186; Henry II paid for the four days of festivities and returned Edinburgh Castle as part of the bride's tocher.’
Late 15th century: from Irish tochra, Scottish Gaelic tochradh.
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