One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A small, sturdy workhorse of a breed originating in Ireland and Scotland.
- ‘Between Loch Pattack and the peat hag-ridden moor, you will normally come across some white horses, garrons, that add to the dream-like quality of the place.’
- ‘Convoys of Highland garrons, laden with whisky ‘ankers’ or casks would regularly set out over the hills to supply markets throughout the north east and beyond.’
- ‘The garrons of the Western Islands and Skye, like the Manx breed, were fed and reared, summer and winter, in the open air.’
- ‘Denmill's history is much longer than its present use, although it's highly likely that Highland ponies or garrons worked here before and since the coming of the Clydesdale horse.’
- ‘It is usual for stags to be retrieved off the hill in the traditional way with the use of garrons.’
- ‘To this machine four miserable garrons, with perhaps a pair of oxen, were yoked abreast.’
- ‘Angus led the old garron to the place called Clachan Knowe where big erratic boulders sprouted from the heather like henge-stones.’
- ‘Mounted on garrons, not horses, they were ideal for the job.’
- ‘Traditional garrons are used for bringing beasts off the hill to what is reputedly one of the finest Victorian deer larders in Scotland.’
- ‘He got along well with the Maunsells who owned the land and they allowed him to use the leased land for tillage, as well as, the pasturage for 20 odd milk cows and a few garrons (old horses).’
Mid 16th century: from Scottish Gaelic gearran, Irish gearrán.
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