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Posted By: Q (Frank Staplin)
05-Nov-03 - 05:53 PM
Thread Name: Glossary of Scottish Words (PermaThread)
Subject: RE: Glossary of Scottish Words
1794, in Ritson, Scot. Songs, II. "The bandsters are runkled, lyart and grey." A Bandster is one who binds sheaves after reapers.

1863, Tom Taylor. "Onward press the shearers, the bansters come behind."
Both quotes from The Oxford English Dictionary.

I wouldn't doubt that both spellings were used.