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Knight of the shire

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Knight of the shire in England, one of the representatives of a county in Parliament, in distinction from the representatives of cities and boroughs.
    • Knight of the shire See under Knight.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Knight of the shire a member of parliament for a county
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. cniht Ger. and Dut. knecht, Dan. knegt.

Usage

In literature:

The knight of the shire was the connecting link between the baron and the shopkeeper.
"The History of England from the Accession of James II." by Thomas Babington Macaulay
He was a knight of the shire, and had refused a baronetage, and, it was said, had his eye on a peerage.
"J. S. Le Fanu's Ghostly Tales, Volume 3" by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
At this time it is clear that at least all freeholders were entitled to vote in the election of the knights of the shire.
"The World's Greatest Books, Vol XI." by Edited by Arthur Mee and J.A. Hammerton
The franklin, with white beard and red face, has been lord of the sessions and knight of the shire.
"English Literature, Considered as an Interpreter of English History" by Henry Coppee
We know that, in 1386, the poet Chaucer was elected a knight of the shire for Kent, and in 1392-3 he was residing at Greenwich.
"English Dialects From the Eighth Century to the Present Day" by Walter W. Skeat
There were no elected Knights of the Shires, no representative system.
"A Short History of Scotland" by Andrew Lang
Keighley, Henry of, knight of the shire for Lancashire.
"The History of England" by T.F. Tout
John Wilkes he was for Middlesex, They chose him knight of the shire: He made a fool of alderman Bull, And call'd parson Home a liar.
"The English Spy" by Bernard Blackmantle
He served his country as a knight of the shire to his dying day.
"The Best of the World's Classics, Restricted to Prose, Vol. IV (of X)--Great Britain and Ireland II" by Various
The Knights of the Shire in Parliament.
"A Student's History of England, v. 1 (of 3)" by Samuel Rawson Gardiner
He was a simple Knight of the Shire.
"Operas Every Child Should Know" by Mary Schell Hoke Bacon
BUT to return to our qualifications; and first those of electors for knights of the shire.
"Commentaries on the Laws of England" by William Blackstone
If the knights of the shires were so elected in the reigns of Henry III.
"View of the State of Europe during the Middle Ages, Vol. 3 (of 3)" by Henry Hallam
FERDINANDO HUDLESTON, son and heir, was also knight of the shire in the 21st James I.
"All the Days of My Life: An Autobiography" by Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
This period of quiet and prosperity culminates, as has been said, in his election to the Parliament of 1386 as a Knight of the Shire for Kent.
"Chaucer and His England" by G. G. Coulton
By 46 Edward III., 1372, no practising barrister could be Knight of the Shire.
"The True Story of my Parliamentary Struggle" by Charles Bradlaugh
Bassets and Audleys, Audleys and Bassets were knights of the shire, time never was, as all the country knows!
"The Great House" by Stanley J. Weyman
The name of the maiden of honour thus disguised was Mary Kirkmichael, the daughter of a knight in the shire of Fife.
"The Three Perils of Man, Vol. 1 (of 3)" by James Hogg
As early as 1295 two knights were returned to parliament for the shire of Lincoln, and two burgesses each for Lincoln, Grimsby and Stamford.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 16, Slice 6" by Various
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