- the court of the marshal of the royal household.
- a debtors' prison in London, abolished in 1842.
Origin of Marshalsea
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Examples from the Web for marshalsea
The Marshalsea wouldn't be like the Marshalsea now, without you and your family.'
When I'm off the lock for good and all, you'll be the Father of the Marshalsea.'
The Father of the Marshalsea had never been offered tribute in copper yet.
This was the life, and this the history, of the child of the Marshalsea at twenty-two.
There's a gentleman to have run to seed in the Marshalsea jail!
- (formerly in England) a court held before the knight marshal: abolished 1849
- a prison for debtors and others, situated in Southwark, London: abolished in 1842
C14: see marshal, -cy
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