In Irish warfare every two kerne used to have a ‘page or boy, which commonly is nevertheless a man.’
What the deuce do you mean by discussing such a matter with a Highland kerne?
The result was a prey of 400 cows and the slaughter of some forty kerne and cowherds.
A kerne was allowed sixteen and an agricultural labourer ten.
A kerne was caught carrying a bundle of withies on the outskirts of the English camp.
He had no help from the Government but 300 kerne and a battering-ram, which he did not use.
He had been promised two hundred kerne at sixpence a day, but had received neither the men nor the pay.
The Keating kerne, the scourges of Wexford, did not agree with their Northern congeners: an affray took place, and blood was shed.
April 11: The army advances again to Armagh, where it waits for galloglasse and kerne from the Pale.
Hooker says he wounded him with a knife, but if that happened it was more probably the act of some kerne.
1680s, "part of a metal type projecting beyond the body," as the head of an -f- or the tail of a -j-, from French carne "projecting angle, quill of a pen," from Latin cardinem "hinge."