from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The court or seat of a marshal.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The court or seat of a marshal; hence, the prison in Southwark, belonging to the marshal of the king's household.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In England— The seat or court of the marshal of the royal household.
  • n. [capitalized] A prison in Southwark. London, under the jurisdiction of the marshal of the royal household.


marshal + Old English word for "seat". (Wiktionary)


  • The Jooks and the Kelly – Cooks have been milking turnkeys and sucking the blood out of the marshalsea since the act of First Offenders.

    Finnegans Wake

  • So there you are now there they were, when all was over again, the four with them, setting around upin their judges’ chambers, in the muniment room, of their marshalsea, under the suspices of Lally, around their old traditional tables of the law like Somany Solans to talk it over rallthesameagain.

    Finnegans Wake


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