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Forbears

Ancestors, predecessors —i.e. those born before the present generation. (Anglo-Saxon, fór-béran.)

“My name is Græme, so please you,—Roland Græme, whose forbears were designated of Heathergill, in the Debateable Land.” —Sir W. Scott: The Abbot, chap. xviii.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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