- It is worn then likewise of footmen under their shirts of mail, the which footmen call gallowglasses: the which name doth discover them also to be ancient English; for gallogla signifies an English servitor or yeoman. And he being so armed in a long shirt of mail, down to the calf of his leg, with a long broad ax in his hand, was then pedes gravis armaturæ; and was instead of the footman that now weareth a corslet, before the corslet was used, or almost invented. Spenser on Ireland.
- [Hanmer, otherwise than Spenser.] Soldiers among the wild Irish, who serve on horseback.
A puissant and mighty pow'r
Of gallowglasses and stout kernes,
Is marching hitherward in proud array. Shakes. Henry VI.