Macbriar

(Ephraim). An enthusiastic preacher in Sir Walter Scott's Old Mortality. This was the young preacher Maccaul so hideously tortured in the reign of Charles II. He died “in a rapture.” (See Cassell's History of England, Charles II., vol. iii. p. 422.)

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