Meaning of Covenanter in English:


Pronunciation /ˈkʌv(ə)nəntə/


  • (in 17th-century Scotland) an adherent of the National Covenant (1638) or of the Solemn League and Covenant (1643), upholding the organization of the Scottish Presbyterian Church.

    See also covenantor

    ‘Drawn from all parts of Scotland and all sections of society, Covenanters subscribed to the National Covenant of 1638.’
    • ‘She had stood for truth above compromise in those cruel and difficult days for the Scottish Covenanters of 1685.’
    • ‘After the defeat of the Scottish Covenanters at Bothwell Brig in 1687, a new wave of Scottish refugees came to Ulster.’
    • ‘If you go right here and follow the path for a few hundred yards, you reach a memorial to six Covenanters shot dead in 1685.’
    • ‘Radical Covenanters managed to defeat Turner at the battle of Drumclog in 1679.’