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 Petit-Maître,Petitio Princip’ii (A). 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Petit Serjeantry.
Holding lands of the Crown by the service of rendering annually some small implement of war, as a bow, a sword, a lance, a flag, an arrow, and the like. Thus the Duke of Wellington holds his country seat at Strathfieldsaye and Apsley House, London, by presenting a flag annually to the Crown on the anniversary of the battle of Waterloo. The flag is hung in the guard-room of the state apartments of Windsor Castle till the next anniversary, when it becomes the perquisite of the officer of the guard. The Duke of Marlborough presents also a flag on the anniversary of the battle of Blenheim. for his estate at Blenheim. This also is placed in the guard-room of Windsor Castle.   1

 Petit-Maître,Petitio Princip’ii (A). 


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